Pimpinio v Laharum
Ground: Pimpinio Recreation Reserve, Saturday, 2.20pm.
Umpires: A. Hallam and T. Pritchett.
Last time they met: Round 17, 2013. Laharum 23.19 (157) d Pimpinio 9.5 (59).
ON PAPER, the Pimpinio-Laharum clash looks like the biggest mismatch of the season so far.
The Mountain Men have swept Taylors Lake and Rupanyup aside in dominant fashion after a close hitout against Kalkee in round one.
Ominously, coach Shannon Argall said the team still had plenty of room for improvement and had not produced its best football across an entire game yet.
Laharum faces Pimpinio, which is one of only two win-less sides in the competition.
The Tigers have an average losing margin of more than 77 points in their first three matches.
They are also still badly undermanned, with the likes of Alex Hill, Todd O’Connor and Luke Riddell out injured, and Aiden Lawson and Alex Mantiet in doubt.
Jake Dixon is set to play for Pimpinio, which will give the team a small boost.
Tigers coach Mal Coutts said it was bound to be a tough day for his young team.
“It doesn’t get any easier this week for us,” he said.
“All we can do is see how many players we have and do our best with what we’ve got.”
Argall said his team was still not satisfied with its performances this season and needed to keep a mental edge against Pimpinio.
He said although there were no changes to the side from round three, competition for spots in the senior team would keep players striving to perform at their best.
“We want to keep working hard not only in this game, but in the next four games before the interleague break,” he said.
“We’ve got some senior players still to come back, but at the moment we’ve got no reason to change our side with some of the boys playing well and getting valuable experience.”