TOMORROW’S round six clash in the Heathcote and District Football League will be a big game for Leitchville-Gunbower at Leitchville Recreation Reserve.
Their opponent Huntly stressed at the start of the season that this would be the game to win having put the challenge to the other teams early that its senior side would make the grand final.
But doing so means matching it with the top sides and the undefeated Bombers are one of them sitting second on the ladder despite losing several players to injury this season.
Coach Matt Hawken said the Hawks placed a lot of focus on this game and would be coming out with a point to prove.
‘‘The made the call early they would be one of the top two sides this season,’’ Hawken said.
‘‘They probably haven’t had quite the start they would’ve liked but a lot of emphasis was put on our game.
‘‘We’ve played well against Huntly in the past and both sides are fairly evenly matched so it should be a good game.’’
Hawken hoped to have at least three of the injured senior players return tomorrow and said as many as six could be back out on the park.
‘‘It’s important to get the balance right in players we decide to bring back as we have a pretty hard month ahead,’’ Hawken said.
‘‘The guys who didn’t play interleague had last Thursday off to do their own recovery.’’
A lot of the senior list would be pushing for selection with Tim Lincoln and Daniel Coates likely returns and Tom Brereton also back from boarding school.
‘‘Huntly has a strong midfield and a lot of big influence players who can be dangerous if we don’t shut them down,’’ Hawken said.
‘‘They’ve also had the week to get over any niggles and will be preparing well for this one.
‘‘But if we get every one of our players contributing we’ll be hard to beat.’’