Yarram to take on TTU

YARRAM will provide an indication of how much Traralgon-Tyers United has improved on Saturday during round two of North Gippsland football.

TTU began a new era under coach Jay Neagle with an ominous 108-point victory in round one over Gormandale.

While the comprehensive performance has put the rest of the North Gippsland league on notice, Neagle maintained the side was a “week by week prospect”.

Neagle said his side would need to continue to improve to match it with the competition’s frontrunners.

“I was really happy following Saturday’s game, it was a pretty good team performance with our first quarter solid,” he said.

“I wasn’t as pleased with our second and third quarter efforts, while we did manage to hold them off we weren’t as good. However, I was happy with how the side finished off the match with a strong last quarter which saw us kick eight goals.”

Neagle said his young side was eager to learn and adapted well to new processes he had brought.

“We’re a young team, the guys are eager to learn and have come on board with some of the new things that I have put in place,” he said.

“I have quite a bit of experience and have put in place some things that the guys haven’t heard of before.

“We have also focused on working on our discipline, getting the guys to concentrate on when it is time to switch on and work.

“There is talent in the team, and I have been consciously working on gaining the confidence back.”

Yarram claimed the honours against Woodside on Good Friday, with the Demons’ performance demonstrating they will be hard to contain.

After a week’s break, Demons coach Anthony Pavey will be looking for the same tenacity and forward line pressure from his charges which will be required to overcome a tough Bomber outfit.

AFTER a 40-point loss to Cowwarr, Glengarry’s resolve will be tested when the new look Magpies face Sale City.

The Bulldogs will be heading home after beginning the season with a win at Rosedale.

Citing a need to improve basic skills, Magpies coach Robbie Cahill will be focusing on the positives which came from his side’s final quarter effort against Cowwarr.

“We played very scrappy footy, we had a lot of turnovers and need to improve on our basic skills,” he said.

“The last quarter is what we will be focusing on this week, the way that we moved the ball and the pressure that we put on the opposition through scoreboard pressure and contested ball.

“Sale City has always been a consistent team that are well drilled, we can’t wait for the challenge and to see how the guys improve, taking in last week’s ups and downs.”

HEYFIELD will host Gormandale.

The Kangaroos’ fitness and pace set them apart from Churchill in round one.

Saving their best for a faultless final term against quality opposition, the Kangaroos showed they will once again be a formidable outfit.

Outplayed in most areas of the game by TTU, Gormandale’s coaching panel will go back to the drawing board ahead of Saturday’s clash.

There will be little let up for the Tigers with the Kangaroos’ damaging midfield and potent forward line set to cause more headaches for coach Luke Henderson as he plots the right match-ups.

TWO teams which failed to fire in round one, Woodside will meet Rosedale.

Woodside failed to begin Daniel Risol’s coaching career with a first up-victory against Yarram. Despite the result, Risol remains upbeat about his side’s first home game.

“Round one didn’t go as well as we had hoped. The bigger more mature blokes at Yarram outplayed us, but we took a few positives from the contest,” Risol said.

On their home turf the Wildcats are a different proposition, demonstrating in past seasons they are a tough prospect for visiting sides to leave with the four points.

Rosedale will be out to atone for last week’s failings against Sale City ahead of a tough Anzac Day clash against TTU.

Risol said the Blues would provide the Wildcats with another tough match.

“They were a top side last year and have recruited well,” he said.

“We are looking forward to the challenge they pose and to our first home game.”

COWWARR will play host to Churchill, which will be ruing a final quarter fade-out against Heyfield.

In contrast, the Saints began their season on a winning note, going against the tide of past seasons, where they have been notoriously slow starters.

The Saints were ruthless in their four-quarter effort against Glengarry and will need to deliver another consistent performance to overcome a tough Cougar outfit which rarely drops two on the run.