Ground: Dock Lake Reserve, Saturday, 2.20pm.
Umpires: K. Dalgleish, J. Taylor and A. Hallam.
Last time they met: Round 17, 2013. Harrow-Balmoral 27.21 (183) d Taylors Lake 6.5 (41).
TAYLORS Lake is slowly getting back into form, but will face a big test when it hosts Harrow-Balmoral on Saturday.
After a first-up win against Pimpinio, the Lakers have slumped to three consecutive losses.
Coach Deek Roberts blasted his team for abandoning its structures in a heavy loss to reigning premier Laharum, but said it had been slowly regaining momentum.
He said the Lakers were still a long way off producing their best football, but could use a competitive first-half against Kalkee at the weekend as a springboard.
“If we can play like we did in the first half against Kalkee but sustain it for the whole game, we’ll put a bit of pressure on Harrow-Balmoral hopefully,” he said.
“We haven’t had the freshest legs and we probably need more rotations in the middle of the ground, so that’s mostly on me.
“It will be a good test to see if we can keep improving.”
Roos coach Brent Forsyth said contested football had been a strength of his side, and would be even more important against the smaller-bodied Lakers.
“We pride ourselves on contested footy, but they’re going to have a fair bit of leg speed,” he said.
“Our transition running out of defence was probably what won us the game against Kalkee, so we think we can match it with them in that area too.”
There will be one change for Harrow-Balmoral – Luke Merryfull is in for the unavailable Nathan Neumann – while Lachie Marks, shoulder, and Chris Webb, knee, will miss for the Lakers and Craig Britten is questionable.