The Deni Rovers are keen to accept the challenge that awaits them when they host Tocumwal tomorrow.June 20, 2014 3:30am
Deni Rovers coach Luke Moodie believes his side will put in a much-improved effort when it meets Tocumwal for the second time tomorrow.
The winless Roos are coming off one of their best performances of the year last week, going down to Yarroweyah by 13 points, and will look for another spirited effort against the fourth-placed Bloods.
The round 11 Picola & District Football League match is the first time Tocumwal has played at Memorial Park and a big crowd is expected for the Rovers’ sponsor’s day.
‘‘I think we will be a lot more competitive this time round,’’ Moodie said.
‘‘We aren’t making as many turnovers, we’re getting more inside 50s and our forwards are getting more chances so hopefully we can kick a good score.
‘‘Last time they (Tocumwal) really hurt us with its spread off half-back, particularly Nathan Tresize who gave the midfield some good supply.
‘‘We need to make sure we are quicker to react when we turn it over because they killed us in that area last time.’’
Moodie has anticipated a better match-up with Tresize than in the round two clash, naming Brendan Hope at centre half-forward.
Ricky Hobbs will get the tough job on Bloods’ goalkicker Dylan Flanagan at the other end of the ground.
‘‘(Rovers backman) Matty Dowling is probably a bit too small to go to Flanagan, and Ricky is getting better and better each week,’’ Moodie said.
‘‘Flanagan isn’t the quickest player but like any forward if he gets a few steps from you he’ll be hard to beat. Ricky is very disciplined in the air and always goes the punch which should work in his favour.’’
The Roos’ backline was bolstered by the return of Dave Jarrott last week, while John Dowling and Scott Cuffe are back in the side tomorrow.
Teenagers Joey Hay (concussion) and Liam Zeschke (hip) could miss, depending on how they got through training last night, while hard-at-it onballer Sean Moodie is unavailable with work commitments.
There’s no denying the Roos will have another red-hot crack with some inspiring young talent on display, but Tocumwal should get the job done.
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