Top sides to meet

WOODSIDE will host Churchill in the North Gippsland football top of the table showdown.

A realist, Wildcats coach Chris Pettitt has made sure his side didn’t get too far ahead of itself following three impressive performances.

“We’re approaching and playing every game as though it is a big one,” he said.

“We know where we are at, obviously I am pleased with the start we have made with every game a test so far for different reasons.

“We have come up against some very physical sides, while last Saturday we filled the void of having seven senior players out of the line-up which was a big test going into the game against Sale City.”

Several seasons have passed since the Wildcats have defeated Churchill, however, the Cougars know that they can’t afford to be complacent against the home side.

“We had hoped to win a couple of early games and then go from there. To get off to three straight wins has been pleasing, but we also know that we have big games against the competition front runners such as Heyfield, Rosedale and TTU still to come,” Pettitt said.

“Our target is to knock over a few of the top sides, but we also know where we are at.”

COWWARR premiership player Lee Cooper will run out for his 250th senior game for the Saints against Boisdale-Briagolong.

Cooper began his playing career with Cowwarr in 1998 and has been a regular senior player, having only played seven games in the reserves. A consistent performer for the Saints, Cooper has played the majority of his career on the ball and is renowned for his effective use of the ball.

Cool under pressure, Cooper will need to draw on this against the Bombers as the Saints aim to open their season ledger after what has been a slow start to the season.

The Saints find themselves in a similar situation to that of the past two seasons and will be confident they can turn their fortunes around with Cooper’s milestone perhaps the spark they need.

The Bombers will have other ideas as they aim to crash the party.

Lapses of concentration proved costly against Heyfield with the Bombers fully aware they can’t afford to allow the same to happen against last year’s finalist.

FACING a rebounding Rosedale is a daunting prospect for Gormandale, who remains a work in progress.

COMING off a dominant 63-point win over Boisdale-Briagolong, Heyfield will need to up its tempo when it hosts Sale City in a rematch of last year’s preliminary final.

AFTER getting its season back on track with a morale-boosting victory, Glengarry’s resolve will again be tested when it takes to the road to meet Traralgon-Tyers United.

´╗┐For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.