Blues keen to back up and tame the top Dogs
Railways will face their second big test in as many weeks when they take on ladder-leading Towns at the Recreation Ground tomorrow afternoon.
The Blues overcame reigning premiers Brigades by six points in a thriller last Saturday, but coach Jason Graham knows his side will have to lift their rating again if they want to get the win.
However, despite the apparent difficulty of the task in front of them Graham said his group was feeling quietly confident heading into the match.
“It’s going to be hard playing against the top team in the competition, but it’ll definitely be a good test to see where we’re at,” he said.
“We’re a level-headed sort of a group, we love working hard and training hard so we’re not over confident but we’re keen to prove ourselves again.”
Graham said his side would take in a similar game plan to the one which got the job done last time out, but with a few tweaks to help counter the multiple attacking threats the Bulldogs have at their disposal.
“The big message is pressure all over the ground and sustaining it for longer than they do,” he said.
“Towns are the next level I believe … (so) it’s about maintaining four-quarter pressure and if they do score against us, which they will, not to drop our heads.
“We will obviously try to defend our best, work on nullifying their key players and try to play our style of football.”
Towns’ player-coach Chris Kane said his side had been focusing on the defensive aspects of their game at training this week after they fell away in the second half against bottom-placed Mullewa.
The Bulldogs should be fresh after a number of their players missed last weekend’s game against Mullewa and Kane said he was looking forward to welcoming back a raft of key players, with Ryan Bowley and Rohan Farriss headlining the likely inclusions.
Meanwhile, the likely inclusion of Ben Saunders should bolster the Blues.
Bouncedown is set for 2pm.
Towns' Stuart Egan tackles Railways' Peter Kimberley during their clash earlier this year.