Ground: Pimpinio Recreation Reserve, Saturday, 2.20pm.
Umpires: N. Duxson and P. Mellington.
Last time they met: Round three, 2014. Noradjuha-Quantong 26.15 (171) d Pimpinio 7.5 (47).
PIMPINIO and Noradjuha-Quantong will both fight to restore pride on Saturday.
Both have played through difficult seasons and performed below expectations.
The Bombers expected to be finals contenders at the start of the year but have just three wins, one of which was a 124-point victory over the Tigers in round three.
Pimpinio knew it was in for a tough year with plenty of young players and few experienced veterans in its side, but has struggled to maintain a consistently competitive effort.
Tigers coach Mal Coutts said there was more bad news for the Tigers, with Matt Wilcox unavailable and Darcy O’Connor likely to miss due to injury.
He said the weekend’s dispiriting loss to Rupanyup had taken its toll on the group.
He said they needed to respond with a positive effort Saturday.
“The numbers weren’t great at training on Tuesday but there were several players who were away,” he said.
“The core group of guys who make up the team have been good for us this year, so we’ll just see what happens this week.”
Noradjuha-Quantong’s big win against the Tigers stands out as one of the brightest spots for the team this year.
Coach Jarred Combe said the team would strive to regain that winning form.
“We didn’t get the result against Harrow-Balmoral at the weekend but we played some pretty good footy, so hopefully we can continue that this week,” he said.
“Everyone needs to play their part for the team to get a win, because we’re not too worried about individual performance.”
Brady King, Jason Kerr and Brian Harrison could return to bolster the Bombers’ back, midfield and forward lines respectively.
Combe described Kerr as a 75-per cent chance to play, while labelling King and Harrison ‘hopeful’.