Echuca United and Moama will play for the 3Jacks trophy at Echuca South Oval today.LUKE MCMANUS April 18, 2014 3:57am
Moama coach Simon Maddox is taking no risks ahead of today’s cross-border showdown with Echuca United.
Maddox highlighted six possible inclusions for today’s highly-anticipated clash at Echuca South Recreation Reserve in an effort to bolster a side fresh from its disappointing season opener against Barooga last week.
The Magpies were humbled by 58 points, dampening a promising pre-season campaign and forcing Maddox to concede ‘‘we may have got ahead of ourselves’’.
Jake Kilmartin, Matt Lynch and Brett Godfrey are among the likely inclusions but the coach stopped short of confirming a final list.
Maddox said some players with their hands up to play had been battling niggling injuries, which would automatically rule them out, including Matt Rickards, who injured himself last week.
Anyone under an injury cloud would be rested and would not be thrown into the deep end for the sake of a big game.
‘‘If they’re not right, they won’t play,’’ Maddox said.
‘‘I’d rather be 0-2 then risk blokes injuring themselves so early in the season.’’
Despite the conservative approach, the hype and significance surrounding the match-up was still an important factor in Moama’s preparations and not lost on Maddox.
The third-year coach is expecting a finals-like intensity against the reigning champion.
‘‘It will be hotter than normal,’’ Maddox said, who played in last season’s Good Friday fixture, which the Eagles won by 72 points to claim the 3Jacks Trophy.
‘‘Players look forward to these games, it provides a taste of what the intensity will be like towards end of the season.’’
A slow start against the Hawks last weekend proved costly, an area which Maddox sought to rectify at training this week along with basic skills errors.
Any lacklustre period against the Eagles could also prove costly, with the home side showing its ability to pull the trigger at any given moment, like in the second and fourth terms against Tongala on Saturday.
Eagles coach Scott Beattie was slightly suspect about the team’s sluggish start against the Blues, but was confident the Eagles’ ideal form would arrive soon enough.
‘‘Our start was concerning,’’ he said.
‘‘But in saying that we had an interrupted pre-season so our guys are still building towards the level of footy we expect of them.
‘‘If we can keep building then we’ll be okay.’’
Beattie said Ricki Waters was a confirmed starter in his return to the club’s senior side, while either Sandy Lawrence and Tyler Lethlean’s spot would depend on match-ups.
A win to the Eagles should top off a special day for its supporters and alike, with the club raising its 2013 premiership flag before the seniors kick off around 2.10pm.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Mary and Molly Byrne are urging others to support National Bandanna Day today.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
The annual Deniliquin Garage and Town Sale event is being held tomorrow, and more than 16 homes are registered for the bargain day.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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