Dimboola v Nhill

PUNCH: Nhill will rely on Aaron Beer at the weekend. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

PUNCH: Nhill will rely on Aaron Beer at the weekend. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Ground: Dimboola Recreation Reserve, Saturday, 2.20pm.

Last time they met: Round six, 2014. Dimboola 24.13 (157) d Nhill 6.12 (48).

A RETURN to the top five beckons for Dimboola when it challenges Nhill at home on Saturday.

After a horror start to the year with four consecutive losses, the Roos rebounded to sneak into fifth spot after round seven.

But the reigning premier’s hold over that rung on the ladder lasted a week.

A win against the winless Tigers would see them regain the spot at the expense of Ararat, which the Roos will face the following week.

The Roos, who comfortably accounted for the Tigers by more than 100 points in round six, will again look for their stars to lead the charge.

Onballer Andrew Seers has been prominent throughout the season, as has the run of Tyler Blake across half-back and through the middle.

Potent forward duo Ash Clugston and Lachie Exell combined for 12 goals when they last met the Tigers, and have combined for 28 goals in the Roos’ past three matches.

Nhill coach Shane Grover said his side would look to pick up from where it left off before the break.

The Tigers pushed finals contender Minyip-Murtoa after an extremely disappointing loss to Horsham Saints.

“Hopefully we’ll start showing some consistency,” Grover said.

“The boys now know what it takes to be competitive and the players are keen to continue that, so hopefully they will.”

Grover said the Tigers would look to midfielder Aaron Beer and forward Tim Seymour to continue their strong form as the side chases a breakthrough victory for the season.

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