Last chance at winning

August 04, 2017

MATHOURA Football Club will hope to redeem itself this week after a disappointing display against Berrigan on Saturday.

The Timbercutters will travel to play Jerilderie in the Picola and District Football League tomorrow with some handy ins.

Jake Ellery and Luke Schwencke will help bolster the side ahead of what could be its final chance at a win this season, according to coach Phil Hazelman.

Jeremy Pearson, Luke Bonnett and Tim Sparey will also look to be elevated to seniors with several players back in the reserves this week.

‘‘Realistically, it’s our last chance for a win this year,’’ Hazelman said.

‘‘Unless something dramatically changes before the game against Tocumwal that is.’’

Jerilderie put in a strong performance against Deniliquin at the weekend and could’ve come away with the win if they did not run out of legs.

The Demons’ form had the coach wary of tomorrow’s game but Hazelman said Ellery and Schwencke should bring the motivation to deliver a four quarter effort.

‘‘We’re heading up there (to Jerilderie) with seven or eight changes which makes a lot of difference,’’ he said.

‘‘But we’re under no illusions it’s going to be difficult against Jerilderie at their home ground.

‘‘We know our leadership group will play well each week and take pride in their own performance as well as the performance of the team.

‘‘Dougal McKindlay, Jack Keogh and Lachlan Vagg will be good regardless; it’s about motivating our bottom six or seven guys to get them to buy into the game just as much as our leaders.’’

Last week’s tackle count and clearances were well below what was expected, and not having Schwencke in the ruck was a major factor.

Hazelman hoped for an improved effort this week across the ground.

‘‘We should’ve beat Jerilderie in the first round — we had more scoring shots,’’ he said.

‘‘But it’s a different side to last time and we know it’s a challenge.

‘‘Regardless tomorrow is our best opportunity (for a win) and you don’t get too many sitting where we are on the ladder, so we need to take it while we can.’’

Mathoura is one place below Jerilderie on the ladder, on two wins and 12 losses this season, with redemption high at the top of its list.

■PICOLA United should have an easy win against bottom of the ladder Yarroweyah at home this week.

United will go in as red hot favourites having only dropped the one game this season to Strathmerton while their opposition is winless.

They produced a stunning fourth quarter to get across the line in a tight contest against Blighty on Saturday and will again have several players pushing for senior selection.

Coach Jon Varcoe said there were still some skills which needed to be improved from last week’s game but the experience of winning in a close game was something they could draw on in future.

■MATHOURA’S A grade will take nothing for granted tomorrow in its final bid for a win this season.

The Timbercutters will battle Jerilderie at Jerilderie in what is going to be their closest match-up all year.

Jerilderie’s only win for 2017 had come against Mathoura in round eight by 20 goals.

But Mathoura has a different side since then, and will be relying heavily on its new recruits in Emily Crocker, Gabby Murray and Laura Hudson to bring about a better result.

B grade has seen better results and are heading into finals, sitting second on the ladder, having only dropped three games this season.

—Jess Gledhill

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