Harrow-Balmoral v Rupanyup

DISH OFF: Rupanyup's Drew Tyler gets a handpass away. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
DISH OFF: Rupanyup's Drew Tyler gets a handpass away. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Ground: Rupanyup Recreation Reserve, Saturday, 2.20pm.

Umpires: Wimmera Football League Umpires Group.

Last time they met: Round one, 2014. Harrow-Balmoral 23.20 (158) d Rupanyup 4.7 (31).

HARROW-BALMORAL will hope Saturday's trip to Rupanyup is as fruitful as its round one meeting with the Panthers.

The Roos posted a 127-point victory to launch the season and currently sit in third place on the ladder.

The team is nearing full strength, with Scott Heath set to return from an ankle injury, and Luke Merryfull back from work commitments.

Chris Heath has a corked hip but is a chance to play, while Aaron McDonald, ankle, will likely miss.

Harrow-Balmoral coach Brent Forsyth said it was important his team kept moving in the right direction.

"We've stopped a lot of the things that started sliding in the Laharum game, but we've still got a fair gap to bridge between us and the top sides," he said.

"A good result against Rupanyup in round one was a good springboard for us and we're hoping for a similar performance."

Rupanyup showed plenty of good signs against Kalkee at the weekend, but will be missing multiple players from that side.

Gareth Lingham, Harrison Baker and Jake Lasslett have returned to university after playing one game. Ross Tickner and Scott Reading will be away and Dennis Finnigan has work commitments.

James Gray is likely to return, while coach Mick Finnigan described Glen Hodgins as a remote chance.

Finnigan said his team faced a tough task, but would attack the game the same as always.

"Harrow-Balmoral is a big ask when six of your 21 players from the week before are out," he said.

"We worked on our defensive stuff at the weekend, so hopefully they'll do the same tomorrow. If we can go a little more than the three quarters we did at the weekend, I'll be happy."


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