NTFA division 1 2018, round 7: Longford presses forward

HAPPY HUNDRED: Redleg Jake Huett will play his 100th game this weekend when Bracknell travel to Deloraine.
HAPPY HUNDRED: Redleg Jake Huett will play his 100th game this weekend when Bracknell travel to Deloraine.

Keeping the ball rolling will be the mission statement this weekend when Beau Thorp’s high-flying Longford visit Scottsdale.

The Country Tigers have taken the division and even Thorp by surprise, jumping into third spot, and will fancy their chances against a Magpies side struggling to get out of second gear. 

“I didn’t expect it but I knew if the guys could play some good team footy we could be up there, that’s for sure,” Thorp said.

“Our game plan revolves around team footy so if we get that on that track we’ll go alright. The boys are travelling along well, they’ve definitely come a long way.”

Geoff Mohr’s charges have had two weeks to prepare for the 3.50pm game and desperately need four points to stay in touch with the five.

The Magpies will make five changes but trained strongly over the bye and played an intra-club game on Tuesday.  

“We’ve just got to find a way to win, we’re not playing terrible footy but the reality is we’re still not winning games,” Mohr said.

“It could be a completely different story, we could easily be 5-0, but the reality is we’re 1-4 so with a really tough few games coming up we really need to get a win and get back on track.”

BRIDGENORTH is the latest team to face the defensive might of the Bulldogs, who are conceding just 29 points a game after five matches.

The Parrots will lose Luke Duncan, Darren Long and Arnie Donnellan for the crucial clash but coach Brady Demeijer is confident his side will put up a big fight after starting flat last weekend. 

“They’re well known for running both ways so we’ve just got to make sure we match it in that area,” he said.

“Our run and carry when we get on top is some of the best I’ve seen so if we can use our run and carry we’ll be in with a good chance.” 

BRACKNELL went “back to basics” to rejoin the winners’ list last weekend and will blood 16-year-old Braidon Pearn alongside the returning Clint Burn and Matthew Carlile for its clash with Deloraine. 

Corry Goodluck kicked five goals last week in his first Bracknell game for years last weekend, providing a much-needed forward target for Gary Shipton’s men.

“He’s a forward we’ve probably been lacking the last few weeks,” Shipton said.

“Our supply to him was good which is something we’ve also been lacking the last few weeks, it all started with Majak (Miar) setting the tone for us and our mids doing the work they needed to.”

GEORGE TOWN host 3-2 Hillwood, which has collected two wins on the trot. 

Saints coach Allan O’Sign said his side matched up well against the Sharks but needed to minimise turnovers to be competitive.  

“We can win the footy and we can tackle but when we’re under a bit of pressure our turnovers are too high, so that’s an area we’re looking to improve,” he said.