Deniliquin Pastoral Times

A tough match-up ahead


The Deniliquin Rovers seniors are expecting ‘‘a hard and contested style of football’’ at Mathoura tomorrow, coach Alex Hay said.

‘‘Mathoura have shown that they are more than capable of being a top side with some impressive wins throughout the year,’’ Hay said.

The Rovers will focus efforts to ‘‘limit their (Mathoura’s) run and create some pressure around the ball’’.

‘‘They have a few avenues to goal, so we will look to see if we can minimise some of the supply where we can,’’ Hay said.

The Timbercutt­ers have strength at stoppages and contest breakaways.

‘‘Our mids will have another big job like they have had most weeks in negating some of their contested type players, but we would like to turn things around and get some of our running game going as well this week,’’ Hay said.

Key to the Roos’ midfield attack are James Gilligan,

Andy May and Adam Bodey, which Mathoura seniors coach Darcy Robinson said were going to be closely watched by his players. James Kirby was another player the Timbercutt­ers will be looking to keep in check.

‘‘They (the Rovers) have had some really good results — there’s going to be a bit of feeling in the game,’’ Robinson said.

With a few sore bodies at the close of the Katunga match on July 10, Hay said the Rovers should be feeling fresh after a two-week break.

‘‘We have tapered the training load off a little given the injuries and the uncertaint­y with games not being played but the focus has still been on keeping the skills sharp and the run in the legs,’’ Hay said.

‘‘The challenge is obviously emulating the game intensity which we haven’t seen for a few weeks and that will take some time to adjust but we have a fairly senior group which are able to take that on board.’’

The Rovers are coming off

69-point loss to Katunga, while Mathoura faced off with Rennie to take home a four-point win when games were last held on July 10.

The round has been relocated to Mathoura in honour of the Timbercutt­ers’ Indigenous round, where guests can bid for Indigenous jumpers designed by Uncle Raymond Walker, in an auction night tomorrow.

Mathoura started holding an Indigenous round two years ago as a result of the idea taking off in the AFL, with a main motivator being eliminatin­g racism in sport while celebratin­g their First Nations players.

‘‘It’s not only a round of celebratio­n but also us putting our hand up to stamp this out,’’ Robinson said.

‘‘Racism is everywhere — it doesn’t just happen in the AFL but in all sport.’’

He said the Indigenous players at Mathoura were proud to be wearing the design.

‘‘There’s so much meaning behind the jumper — it represents so much to them.’’

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