Strong kick from Nathan StapletonMDFL – Over the next four weeks Tatyoon will face all other premiership contenders in the top five of the Mininera and District Football League.
The first challenge for the Hawks begins tomorrow when they come up against a strong SM&W Rovers outfit.
The ladder leaders are yet to face a top five team this season and coach Julian Sambell said his side is looking forward to the contest.
“No doubt they will be competitive, the results have shown that, so it will be our biggest challenge to date and we’ll be throwing everything we have at them,” he said.
Sambell said as well as working out match-ups for various Bulldogs’ players through the midfield, part of his attention would be focused on the opposition’s twin towers, Lee Marshall and Billie Leskosek.
“Those two might get some special attention,” he said.
“We need our backman to try and limit their influence on the game, having said that there are plenty of other players we will to pay close attention to and I’m sure they will be doing the same for us.”
The Hawks should give SM&W Rovers coach Rhys Cahir plenty of headaches up forward also, with Aidan Bell and Ross Panther already kicking 74 goals between them this season.
With a testing month ahead Tatyoon will be looking to get off to the best possible start at home to keep its unbeaten run alive.
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Moyston/Willaura will be hoping to bounce back from its first loss of the season when it clashes with Ararat tomorrow at Alexandra Oval.
Pumas’ coach Daniel Guinane said although last week’s result was disappointing, he took plenty of positive away from the match.
“We had a few out, but our depth was there and that showed on the scoreboard. We were able to match it with (Penshurst) for most of the game,” he said.
“This week I’ve got about six blokes who have played senior football this year available to come back in, which is a good headache to have.”
The two players who headline the likely changes are Lynden Brewis, who will strengthen the Pumas’ onball stocks and Trent Fiscalini, whose absence left a noticeable gap in defence last weekend.
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Guinane said his team would need to be wary of Eagles’ captain Richard O’Connell and young-guns, including Jamie Elder and Luke Thomas.
“I expect them to come out fired up,” he said.
“They’ve dropped a few games in the last couple of weeks, so they need a win to stay in touch with the top five.
“I’ll be looking for the same blokes to step up who have been over the last couple of weeks for us. Cal Stevens and Leo Bell have both put their hand up in recent weeks while we have had guys out injured.”
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Great Western should head into tomorrow’s match against Wickliffe Lake Bolac full of confidence following last week’s breakthrough victory.
The Lions enjoyed their first win in the MDFL, defeating Woorndoo Mortlake by a point, while the Magpies went down against Glenthompson/Dunkeld by 64 points.
Damien Scott returns tomorrow, which will bolster the Lions’ forward line stocks and Cody Virgona who was a late withdrawal late week due to the flu, will also play.
Midfielder Sam Cocks continues to impress through the midfield and tough onballer Lachie Green, coming off the back of a couple of best on ground performances, will be looking to continue his form.
“We’re an undersized team but we’ll keep battling on,” club president Rodney Matheson said.
“Great Western must capitalise on their home ground advantage, with Wickliffe Lake Bolac use to playing on a ground slightly bigger than the Lions den.”
Tristan Richie, Ben Johnson and coach Brad Keilar have all put in top performances from Wickliffe Lake Bolac over the past fortnight and will need plenty of support from Jo Higgins and Andrew Day if the Magpies are to conquer a confident Great Western.
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In the final two matches of round seven, Lismore/Derrinellum plays host to Caramut, while Woorndoo/Mortlake will tackle Hawkesdale/Macarthur on its home turf.
Saturday, May 26
Tatyoon v SMW Rovers- Adrian Pieters and David Reynolds (at Tatyoon).
Ararat Eagles v Moyston/Willaura- Tommy Cooper and Leo Mooney (at Alexandra Oval).
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