- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 31 July 2010
Colin Shepherd will play his 500th senior football match when he takes the field for Beachside in their home match against DOSA at Sandown Park on Sunday.
The veteran has starred in the past for University, New Town Eagles, Caledonians and now Beachside, who are on top of the Division One ladder and favourites for the title.
“That’s a great achievement for a player and we hope to mark it with a victory,” said Beachside coach, Nathan Robinson.
Luke Atkin will start for Beachside because Jason Harvey has family commitments and is unavailable.
The rest of the line-up is unchanged from that which played Metro in Beachside’s previous outing.
Beachside should win comfortably and may well increase their lead at the top to 13 points with five matches remaining.
Second-placed Metro entertain fourth-placed Hobart United at North Chigwell on Saturday and this promises to be yet another cracker, as games between these sides always are.
Jason Dawes, the league’s leading marksman, will pose a huge danger to United and they will need to keep him under control to have any chance of winning.
Fifth-placed Nelson Eastern Suburbs host sixth-ranked Southern FC at North Warrane on Sunday.
Defenders Matt Fone and William Stalker are back in the Nelson line-up after missing the defeat to University weeks ago.
Bill Hanley has returned from a New Zealand holiday and will be on the bench, but he will play in the reserves beforehand.
Nick Roberts, Max Caulfield and Ollie Ireland will also be on the bench, while Cody Flynn has recovered from an ankle injury and will start in midfield.
“We have a full-strength squad available this week so there are no excuses if the team doesn’t perform,” said Nelson coach, Michael Roach.
“I’m sure Southern will give it everything and, as usual, we’ll have to put in a solid performance to get a result.”
The remaining match of the round is at Olinda Grove on Saturday, where bottom-side FFT/Under-15s take on third-placed University.