PREVIEW OF ROUND 5

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Whether it is the supporters, the media, or perhaps it’s perception but a there is something extra about a grand final rematch the following year. The four points on offer this week will be banked and possibly a slither of revenge extracted but in the cold light of day nothing is bringing you back that premiership from last year. 
Sydney and Hawthorn might be the headline grand final rematch this weekend, but in the VAFA and equally important battle looms between University Blacks (3-1) – premiers of Premier B – and runners up Beaumaris (3-1) will meet at Banksia Reserve. The prize is only four points, but it is more than that, for the winning side on Saturday night will be firmly entrenched in the Premier Section top two. The loser will be back in the pack scrapping it out for a place in the four. It’s a significant clash, both promoted sides have beaten quality opposition this year, but such is the undulating nature of an amateur season that a win now is worth its weight in gold. 
In other Premier Section matches, the return to form last week of both Old Xaverians (2-2) and Collegians (2-2) should see them go in as favourites to their away matches against University Blues (2-2) and St Bedes/Mentone Tigers (1-3) respectively. Old Carey (0-4) can worm their way back into the season if they can overcome the tough road trip to St Bernard’s (1-3).  The only undefeated side in the section De La Salle (4-0) can maintain their advantage when they play host to Old Scotch (2-2). 
Elsewhere in the VAFA, Premier B pacesetters Old Trinity (4-0) host a rejuvenated Parkdale Vultures (2-2) whilst the match of the round is undoubtedly at Princes Park. The surface at Princes Park was desired as a home ground by both AJAX (3-1) and Old Haileybury (3-1) with the latter side winning out. On Saturday the Jackas visit the new home of the Bloods and will want gain any small part of revenge that they can by collecting the four points. 
In Premier C a huge match looms as Mazenod (3-1) take on Peninsula (3-1). The winner will distance themselves from the chasing pack and provide some early breathing space in what was the most competitive section in the VAFA last year. 
Division 1 have six teams from 3rd – 8th all at two wins and two losses heading into the Round 5. Talk about a crunch weekend! Four of those six sides play each other, the ramifications even this early are obvious. Top of the table Hampton Rovers (4-0) take on bottom side Glen Eira (0-4). The match has more riding on it for the Saints, but it’s doubtful the Rovers will give any ground here.