TEAMS were hoping for a good hit out in the final home and away round of the Picola and District Football League tomorrow.
Deniliquin requires a massive win against Picola United to make it into the finals, currently sitting outside of the top five by a game and percentage.
United was expected to finish on top of the ladder giving them a rest during the first round of finals.
Coach Jon Varcoe said the game against Deniliquin was important to improve their form and finetune their game plan in preparation for post-season.
‘‘It’ll be nice to get a good hit out into players in the last (home and away) round,’’ he said.
‘‘Deniliquin had a good win over Tocumwal last week and will be wanting to put up a big effort on their home ground.
‘‘Deniliquin is one of the bigger grounds in the league and we’ll need to adapt our game plan accordingly.
‘‘Our run and carry and link up the ground will be important and we’ll look to rotate heavily so players can maintain that intensity.’’
Varcoe said the Rovers were strong defensively and had a good midfield with a couple of key position players.
United will have to be on its game in the midfield and work hard to get the ball through the opposition’s defensive structure.
‘‘Mark Ryan is our number one ruckman and will be looking to have a big impact in centre clearances and his work around the ground and up forward,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘Rhys Woodland is another key position player who can play up back or forward if required.
‘‘He plays an important team role for us.’’
Both players missed last week’s game against Yarroweyah and will be eager to deliver a good performance tomorrow.
Varcoe said the reserves would also be jumping out of their skins to play after not having an opposition last week.
‘‘We’re expecting two tough games in seniors and reserves against Deniliquin,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘The reserves really need to win to secure the top ladder position.’’
The reserves would see one versus three on the ladder with United in top spot and will be an exciting lead up to the seniors.
■MATHOURA Football Club has been handed a tough draw for its final round of the season.
They will take on fourth on the ladder Tocumwal at Mathoura tomorrow and it could spell a disappointing end to what’s been a pretty poor season.
The Timbercutters recorded two wins this year, both against Yarroweyah, and let their best chance for a third slip at the weekend against Jerilderie.
Both teams in tomorrow’s clash will be coming off losses, Mathoura its fourth straight and Tocumwal enduring a seven-point upset to Deniliquin.
Despite its year the Timbercutters have had several players continually deliver stunning games of footy.
Lachlan Vagg, Dougal McKindlay and Jack Keogh will all be looking to produce another solid game for Mathoura as would Luke Schwencke in the ruck.