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Coach holds on to hope

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June 05, 2018

MATHOURA could make the eight.

That’s what Timbercutters coach Jack Keogh thinks after Saturday’s 30-point win over Yarroweyah in the Picola and District Football League.

And it is not an unfounded statement. It was Mathoura’s second all season, but that doesn’t mean they are a long way off the top eight.

With the extra four points in the bag the team have risen from dead last to 10th and only four points short of eighth-placed Rennie.

Keogh said it was ‘‘brilliant’’ to get back on the winners list.

‘‘We’ve been working towards it since the start of the season so to achieve what we set out to do is fantastic,’’ Keogh said.

‘‘It’s good to know it’s starting to show how hard we work, and it also shows the league and our own supporters. It’s really good to win in front of our own supporters,’’ he said.

Many of those supporters have been there for years and ‘‘hate to see us lose’’ Keogh said.

‘‘So in that respect it’s good to repay their faith.’’

Youngsters Scott Eade and Josh Cumberland again got the nod for the Timbercutters after impressing in the reserves for a number of weeks.

Mathoura skipper Jack Hughes has a slight hamstring strain and will be tested in the week, but will ‘‘probably be rested’’ against Katunga on Saturday.

‘‘We’d love to go back-to-back, we spoke a while back and said the games from Waaia to Deni we have a chance to get three out of five wins.

‘‘Two is a pass mark and three would be above average for us. This really puts some belief in the players’ minds that the hard work is paying off.

‘‘The first seven weeks have been hard and it’s good to get reward for effort,’’ Keogh said.

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