Nhill v Minyip-Murtoa

UP HIGH: Minyip-Murtoa's Kieran Delahunty has been in strong form this season. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI
UP HIGH: Minyip-Murtoa's Kieran Delahunty has been in strong form this season. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

Ground: Davis Park, Nhill, Saturday, 2.20pm.

Last time they met: Round five, 2014. Minyip-Murtoa 21.21 (147) d Nhill 6.8 (44).

MINYIP-MURTOA can move a step closer to cementing a spot in the finals with a win over bottom side Nhill.

The Burras accounted for the Tigers by 103 points earlier this year and will be full of confidence after their 58-point win over fellow finals hopeful Ararat at the weekend.

Burras coach Scott Arnold said his side was expecting to face a competitive Nhill outfit.

“I imagine they’ll come out with a bit of sting in their tail,” he said.

“They play well up there and we’ll need to produce our top-end footy.

“We just need to get those four points.”

The Tigers will be keen to improve on their last performance, a 180-point loss to Horsham Saints.

Tigers coach Shane Grover said his side would need to be more competitive for longer periods.

“In most games we’ve been really good in patches, but last week we really struggled,” he said.

“It’s going to be a tough ask. 

“Obviously we want to go out and be a lot more competitive.”

The Burras’ experienced players have been in strong form, with ruckman Kieran Delahunty, midfielder John Delahunty and utility Justin Garth leading from the front on many occasions.

Arnold said the return of skipper Adam Gerdtz, who has not played since round seven because of a back injury, would be a big boost for Burras.

“He’s been doing full training for the past two weeks,” he said.

“It will be great to get him back out there.”

The Tigers are set to be strengthened with the return of Andrew Watson and Sam Bone, as well as the possible inclusion of Jayden Fischer.

Grover said he was looking for the side’s midfield brigade to lead the charge.

“Last time we played them they flogged us at the contested ball,” he said.

“We need to be a lot harder and a lot more physical.

“We’re really hoping to stand up – we’ve got a point to prove from last week.”


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