Tough task at home for Bombers

IT’S been a tough fortnight for Boisdale-Briagolong, and the going won’t going to get any easier tomorrow when it hosts Heyfield, who is third on the North Gippsland football ladder.

Bombers coach Daniel Sandeman will be looking for his charges to minimise their skill errors and increase their workrate to ensure the Bombers are competitive against one of the competition’s front runners.

Sandeman described the Bombers’ season as a disappointing one, not helped by injuries.

“Over the past few weeks we have had seven to eight of our top 10 players from last season not playing, when you take our best players our quality is not as high,” he said.

“It has been our lack of effort that has been most disappointing. I can handle being beaten, but when your work rate and effort isn’t there it’s disappointing.”

While the wins haven’t been on the board this season, the injuries have given a number of youngsters given an opportunity to play senior football.

“We had three kids play their first senior game on the weekend, with two of them being 15 and 16 years of age. If we hadn’t had the injuries that we have, they wouldn’t have had an opportunity to play,” Sandeman said.

“We will continue to play these kids, hopefully we will find a few gems for next season, but our focus from now until the end of the year is to develop these kids. Our game plan works in patches, we will continue to persist with it and concentrate on our work rate and effort.”

THE contest between fifth-placed Glengarry and sixth-placed Cowwarr promises plenty.

Describing this week’s clash as an “eight-point” game, Cowwarr coach Cory Bannister was adamant his team’s best was still to come after the Saints continued their climb up the ladder with a 30-point win over the highly-fancied TTU.

“We had a tough start to the year, our pre-season wasn’t one of our best and it took us a bit longer than hoped to lock down a fairly unchanged line-up from 2011,” he said.

“We were of the belief that if we could come good towards the middle of the season, then it should lead to a strong second half of the year.”

Last year’s preliminary finalist was quickly slipping out of finals contention before stunning higher-placed opposition to again be in the hunt for a top five berth.

“We really sold it to the guys over the past two weeks that we were playing for a finals berth. They have been really important games for us and will certainly dictate if we play finals or not,” Bannister said.

“With our backs up against the wall the guys have really lifted, they have stood up and made it happen and won.

“Against Churchill we kicked seven goals in the final term, prior to that we had only kicked six up until three-quarter-time, the guys know exactly what’s at stake.

“We have an opportunity to cement a finals spot or keep the door ajar for someone else.”

IN other matches, Traralgon-Tyers United will aim to avenge its round three 66-point thumping by ladder leader Rosedale when they meet at Tyers, Woodside will be looking to put on a strong showing at Sale City, and Churchill cannot afford to be complacent when it hosts Gormandale as the Tigers upset the Cougars last season.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.