Tigers tweak in bid to greet September
As we reach the penultimate round of the Goulburn Valley League season, matches are beginning to have huge ramifications for clubs.
None more so than the round 15 encounter at Moon Oval between Rochester and Mansfield.
The Tigers currently enjoy the safety of being perched inside the competition’s top-six, however, eighthplaced Mansfield will be desperate to scramble into finals contention.
Only two points separate the outfits ahead of tomorrow’s clash, with a Rochester win going a long way to cementing its spot in September.
Rochester playing coach Steven Stroobants understands the high stakes attached to this weekend’s game.
“It’s a massive game for us. We know how important it is,” Stroobants said.
“If we can win we almost cement our spot in the finals. We know Mansfield are a quality side and beat Seymour a few weeks ago.
“They will be young, quick and they’ll look to take the game on. But we know we are a tough side to beat at Moon Oval and hopefully we can improve on some things from last week.”
Stroobants said his side still had plenty of things to work on from last week’s win over Shepparton Swans.
The Tigers were a ‘‘bit rusty’’ early in the contest and their goal-kicking ‘‘let them down’’ Stroobants said.
“We turned the ball over a lot and we could have put Swans away earlier with our shots on goals,” he said.
“We did some structure work during the week because we just felt that we didn’t do that well around the contests.”
But it wasn’t all bad news for Rochester.
Wil Hamilton made a solid return from a leg injury and finished in the list of better players.
The win was the versatile talent’s first match since the opening round.