Echuca faces a big test against Tatura at Victoria Park today.GEORDIE COWAN April 19, 2014 3:02am
Rookie coach Andrew Briggs is looking forward to his first home game in charge of Echuca in front of what is expected to be a big Easter Saturday crowd at Victoria Park.
‘‘I think the whole club’s looking forward to it,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re really looking forward to the challenge.
‘‘We just need to make sure we’re well prepared and ready to put on a good show.’’
Briggs found it an interesting experience in charge at his first game in the derby against Rochester last week, which the Murray Bombers lost by 19 points.
‘‘You prepare all pre-season, so when you get to game day you just back your instincts and let those things take over,’’ he said.
‘‘You trust what you’ve been practising and telling the guys.
‘‘The challenge is in trusting your instincts and watching and picking up on what you need to improve upon.
‘‘Players don’t need cliches, they need information and how to change something or continue with it.’’
The coach said while he was emotionally involved in the game, it did not impact upon how he approached his role.
‘‘Things like umpiring decisions don’t enter the equation,’’ Briggs said.
‘‘They don’t have a bearing on how I coach, because I can’t control those things.
‘‘I can only control the information that I give to the players about what I see.’’
Briggs was expecting a ‘‘really, really tough’’ game against the Bulldogs, who will look to rebound from their 10-point opening round defeat to Kyabram two weeks ago.
‘‘They are a good team, with a really strong midfield and some really quality talls, so we will need to be on our game from the start,’’ he said.
‘‘Our effort was really good on the weekend, but we need to keep that level or go higher and then we need to get better around stoppages.
‘‘We were cut apart in that area of the ground.
‘‘Rochester had a lot of uncontested marks and moved the ball freely without pressure at times.
‘‘We need to put pressure on the ball carrier ... and we need to hurt them on turnovers, while our ball efficiency and especially our kicking needs to improve.’’
Echuca has a torrid recent history against Tatura, losing by an average of 118 points in their past three meetings, but the home team will go into the match with some confidence after a positive showing against the Tigers last week.
Briggs expected a similar line-up for the team, with only Dylan Friedberger — who suffered concussion — a doubt to play, while he hoped Kane Morris, Matt Pollock and Clayton Holmes would continue their solid starts to the season.
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