PLAY this at the Eastern Oval and it would be East Point all the way.
Having it in Panther country, well this is a different story in a game which has plenty on it.
Melton South and the Red Lion Kangaroos each sit on two wins and two losses.
Right now these combatants look like fighting out positions in the lower half of the top six, so this is the type of match-up which by the end of the season could make all the difference.
Kangaroos’ coach Dan Jordan said it was a really important match for his team in more ways than one.
“Melton South beat us by a point last year and we missed out on finals by percentage so we’ll really want to win this one,” Jordan said.
“The ladder is tight and particularly playing these sides that are in the mix makes a win important, more so.”
The Kangaroos will debut promising under-18s onballer Jack Romeril, who is tipped to play a role in the forward pocket or half-forward flank.
This could be a two-man shoot-out.
Melton South knows that to win, it must stop Dan Jordan from adding too many goals to his season tally of 19.
This will be decided for the Panthers in the midfield, where the likes of Matthew Bilton, Sam Copper and Alex Bartlett can offer so much.
Melton South has its own ace in the pack up attack, with Mattew Sutton on 18 goals in four games.
The Panthers must almost feel like it is starting the season all over again after two weeks off.
But they had a hat-trick of wins leading into the break. Matthew Notman, Matthew Sullivan, Frank Holzer are ready to again make their presence felt.
PREDICTION: Melton South by five points.