Mathoura hosts the Deni Rovers tomorrow in what will be a fierce local derby.SHAUN CONNOR July 11, 2014 3:55am
Fresh from their first win of the Picola & District Football League season, the challenge now for the Deni Rovers is to back it up with a solid performance against Mathoura.
The Roos stunned Picola United last week with a brilliant upset win, while Mathoura has lost its last three by an average of 69 points.
Although tomorrow presents a good opportunity for the Timbercutters to snap that losing streak at their home ground, it could also spell concern for the Mathoura camp if the Roos get up.
Deni Rovers coach Luke Moodie said the focus at training this week has been about improving yet again.
‘‘Things haven’t been all that good this season and it’s been tough in a lot of areas, but the win gave us a bit of positivity,’’ Moodie said.
‘‘This week things have been really good and now the real challenge is about backing it up.
‘‘Most of the time this season we have been good in one or two areas each game and against Picola we finally ticked all the boxes.
‘‘It was great but we can’t come out against Mathoura and only get 10 tackles or make 30 unforced errors.’’
The Rovers could make a number of changes for tomorrow with experienced defender Matt Horne likely to play his first game since round three.
He would be a straight swap for Dave Jarrott (neck) who fell awkwardly on his head against Picola and is in doubt.
Brayden Jones and young guns Joey Hay and Bryce Burgess are all available for selection, with Moodie hinting Hay would start as the sub.
Daniel Mison (corky) is in doubt, while Liam Fleming (ankle) will miss after playing his 200th game last week.
Mathoura, meanwhile, will regain the services of defender Matt Giorgianni (calf).
Timbercutters coach Mick McInnes said he expects the Rovers to be up and about after last week’s win.
‘‘They have been building each week, getting better and better,’’ McInnes said.
‘‘Every game is important to us, especially when they are winnable games.
‘‘We have pushed most of the sides in the competition, so we just have to go out there and play our best.’’
Mathoura forward Beau Duggan-Hulands has been the beneficiary of some top delivery from Tim Sparey and Chris Allingham this season, claiming two bags of six and a five-goal haul for a total of 28.
Nathan Kavanagh and Brett Weldon booted five goals each when they met the Roos in round five and will present a challenge for the visitors tomorrow.
Moodie said Brendan Hope will start on Duggan-Hulands with the help of fellow tall Ricky Hobbs.
Brothers Matt and John Dowling will account for the ‘Cutters smaller forwards, while Horne is likely to start on the bench.
Despite the depth of Mathoura’s smooth movers, Moodie said he wouldn’t be tagging any of them tomorrow.
‘‘Matty Johnson and John Glowrey have been good in the centre for us and we want to continue to have an attacking game, rather than be defensive,’’ Moodie said.
‘‘We will be mindful (of Mathoura’s midfielders), but we don’t want to be negative with shut-down roles right from the start.
‘‘That’s something we will assess as the game unfolds.’’
The ‘Cutters have shown they can tear a game apart, kicking seven second-quarter goals in their win against Blighty, and should attest for the improving Roos tomorrow.
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