Pies back to full strength for Raiders

Wangaratta Chronicle - - O & M Football Netball League -

From back page The Raiders led into the fi­nal minute, be­fore an Al­bury goal with 47 sec­onds to go sealed the two point vic­tory.

“From our per­spec­tive, we didn’t play well in that fi­nal against the Raiders,” Stone said.

“But the grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion of the group meant we were able to hang in there and be in the game with 10 min­utes left.

“Raiders are a fit side and they tend to power off late in games so we need to make sure we have our ro­ta­tions right so we have the pace to go with them.

“But we’ll go into the game con­fi­dent.”

Wan­garatta will do well to start well, be­cause the Raiders will be breath­ing fire af­ter squan­der­ing a spot in the grand fi­nal.

With the speed and pre­ci­sion of Joe Richards, Jessie Smith and Brad Melville on the out­side and the bru­tal­ity of Matt Kelly, Daniel Boyle and Zack Leitch in­side the Mag­pies’ mid­field will be hard to stop.

With Bordignon shoring up the back­line, help­ing nul­lify Jy­don Nea­gle in a mouth-wa­ter­ing con­test, the Mag­pies’ back­line is in sublime form and should get the job done.

If Wan­garatta can check the Raiders’ run off half back and limit the in­flu­ence of Brodie Filo then the Mag­pies’ premier­ship de­fence is one step closer to fruition.

PHOTO: Melissa Beat­tie

YOUNG GUN: Josh Walker will be look­ing to lead the way in the mid­field on Sun­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.