Donald take aim at top side as St Arnaud gear up for big run | North Central Football League 2017

KICK: Donald's Anthony Raso gets the ball moving forward against Sea Lake-Nandaly in round four. His side will have its work cut out for it in round five against Wycheproof-Narraport. Picture: BULOKE TIMES

KICK: Donald's Anthony Raso gets the ball moving forward against Sea Lake-Nandaly in round four. His side will have its work cut out for it in round five against Wycheproof-Narraport. Picture: BULOKE TIMES

Donald v Wycheproof-Narraport

DONALD will face the most difficult task in the North Central Football League this week when the side comes up against the unbeaten Wycheproof-Narraport Demons.

After a week off coach Tom Bell said his side looks forward to the challenge.

“They have obviously been the bench-mark so far,” he said. “Unfortunately we’ve got a few injuries and a few unavailable but that just gives some other players a good opportunity to step up. We have a few players that have been in and out of the side so they can come in and have a good crack this week.”

Corey Jones has been in impressive early season form for the Demons. He has 22 goals to his name after the first four rounds.

“He is obviously someone we need to keep an eye on and there will be a few more through the midfield,” Bell said. “We also need to be focused on our game.”

Jacob Werts, Adam Pianto and Darcy Harrison will all play important roles for the Royal Blues. Bell will look for his side to work towards a full four quarter effort.

“We have had a couple of games now when we have faded out of the contest in the final quarter,” he said.

“I’m not concerned about the scoreboard as much as I am about getting closer to a full performance from the team.”

St Arnaud v Birchip-Watchem

ST ARNAUD will start a big three weeks of football this week by eyeing off a win against Birchip-Watchem.

The side has had a difficult first month against some of the top sides in the league and coach Jason De Graaf thinks the side will soon be rewarded for its hard work with its first points of the season.

The game against the Bulls will be made much easier if the Saints can stop the side’s three key forwards on Saturday.

“We like to think we have the right match up but it also comes down to our midfielders and forwards working better defensively,” De Graaf said. “I think there is room for improvement there.”

Zach Notting, Matt Goode and Ben Batters will be the defenders most likely to take on key responsibilities. De Graaf is also hopeful centre-half-back Harley Durward will also be cleared back to the side before the weekend.

“Our side is better placed after the week off,” he said.

“We had four of five boys with sore bodies before the break and we should be raring to go for a big three weeks with wins against Donald and Charlton also possible.”

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