Nhill v Stawell

OUT: Stawell's Toby Reid, centre, will miss after breaking his thumb. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

OUT: Stawell's Toby Reid, centre, will miss after breaking his thumb. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

Ground: Central Park, Stawell, Saturday, 2.20pm.

Last time they met: Round 13, 2013. Nhill 9.14 (68) d Stawell 9.7 (61).

STAWELL and Nhill will be chasing their first win of the season when they meet at Central Park, Stawell on Saturday.

The Warriors and Tigers both held three-quarter-time leads at the weekend, and will look to take the next step and register their first points for 2014.

Warriors coach Brad Cassidy said his side would be ready to go despite having a five-day break.

“I’m certainly looking forward to it and the players are looking forward to it,” he said.

“We get that opportunity with the five-day break to play another game quickly and that’s going to be a good thing for us.

“I know Nhill will come here and be keen to have a win like us – both teams are 0-2 and one team will have a win on the board on Saturday.”

“I know Nhill will come here and be keen to have a win like us – both teams are 0-2 and one team will have a win on the board on Saturday.” - Warriors coach Brad Cassidy

Cassidy said Toby Reid would miss the match after breaking his thumb, while Trevor Matthews would return after a strong performance in the reserves.

Warriors midfielder Tom Eckel has been in superb form and will be pivotal again, along with Aidan Potter and ruckman Jorah Margetson.

Cassidy said the Warriors would focus on compiling a four-quarter performance.

Working extra fitness elements into training was a big focus during the week.

Tigers coach Shane Grover said his side took big strides against Warrack Eagles at the weekend and was confident about its chances.

“We had a big improvement last round and hopefully we can continue that on Saturday,” he said.

“In patches we were really good at running in numbers and hopefully that will keep getting better.”

Grover said winning the contest in the middle would be the key to his side’s chances.

“Our number one thing is trying to win that midfield battle and giving our forwards first use,” he said.

Interleague contenders Mat Jones and Liam Albrecht and forwards Sam Turmine and Tim Seymour impressed for the Tigers at the weekend.

Grover said Melbourne-based players Sam Saad and Michael Khoury would be available for selection.

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