The men are still a chance for finals but a loss this weekend will be the end of the dream.
The Melbourne Tigers kick off the 2nd last round of the season with a big clash on Friday night against the Nunawading Spectres. Melbourne have yet to beat the Spectres since returning to the SEABL in 2016.
Melbourne who are sitting in 11th spot, 2 games behind the 8th spot side face off against the 3rd place Spectres, who have lost 2 of their past 3 games.
These 2 sides last met in Round 1 where the Spectres won by 19 points. The Tigers missed on having Dexter Kernich-Drew for that opening game and Nunawading was without Dain Swetalla.
Nunawading’s Dain Swetalla has now missed the past 3 games and may be doubtful for this Friday night’s game which will ease some of the pressure on Melbourne and allow the Tigers to focus more on stopping reigning MVP Simon Conn and Tom Wright.
If the Tigers can get their intensity back from midseason then there is every chance that Tom Wilson, Dexter Kernich-Drew, Deng Acouth, Maxwell Viitala and Billy Hughes could light up the scoreboard.
Melbourne return to Oakleigh on Saturday night for the return match against the Dandenong Rangers. Melbourne will be hungry for revenge after their 8 point loss last Saturday night in Dandenong.
The Tigers will be keen to take better care of the ball and not allow their opponents too many points off turnovers which is where they lost the game last week.
Melbourne will be glad to also have Dexter Kernich-Drew back who was missing from last weeks clash. Coach Nick Abdicevic will no doubt be telling his players that no matter what happens on the court that all he can ask of them is to leave everything on the court and leave nothing behind.
If Melbourne can pull off 2 wins this weekend then next weeks trip to Mt. Gambier to finish the season off will be an all or nothing clash.