This week, Heidelberg are faced with one of the toughest away trips in the NPL. They will take on Hume City at ABD Stadium in Broadmeadows this Saturday night.

In recent seasons, Hume have been disappointing. They missed the finals in 2017 despite beating the top of the table Bergers twice. Last season, they just saved themselves from relegation.

This season, they appear to be a rejuvenated side, sitting third on the table behind Avondale and Bentleigh. They defeated Dandenong Thunder 4-0 first up, before defeating Oakleigh 1-0 the week after and then last week, they shared the spoils with Altona Magic in a 2-2 draw.

However, they will face their biggest test yet against the reigning champions. Heidelberg haven’t been at their best early on, but a match against a familiar foe will get them fired up.

Contests between these two have been nothing short of fiery in the past, a staple if you will. If nothing else, you can expect these sides to give 100% for the entire 90 minutes.

Harry Noon again appears to be the most important player for Heidelberg right now, scoring two goals from his first three games. He can turn a game on its head in an instant and will be a thorn in Hume’s side this Saturday night.

For Hume, Ersin Kaya and James Brown will be the danger men going forward. Brown has averaged a goal a game thus far, including a brace against Dandenong on opening weekend.

Kaya is an interesting one. Played at right back in recent years, he has had a jumper number change and appears to be utilising his blistering pace on offence.

He has two goals to his name but Heidelberg’s defence has been reliably sturdy over the last couple of seasons. You’d back them in 10 times out of 10 to do the job for the Warriors.

Once again, these two titans of NPL Victorian football will lock horns. Kickoff is at 8pm on Saturday night and you’d better strap yourselves in. It’s gonna be, as Blakey would say, a barn burner.

Also, happy 36th birthday for this Wednesday to defensive stalwart Steven Pace 😊.


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