AVOCA will attempt to score its most significant victory of 2012 when it tackles the powerful Maldon combination on the rebound in the Bendigo Bank Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League tomorrow.
The Bulldogs have challenged a number of the top teams without achieving victory, and first year coach Adrian Pilgrim realises they need to deliver sooner rather than later.
“We haven’t been too far away from beating one of those good sides so hopefully we can do that over the next couple of weeks and stay in touch with the teams inside the top,” he
The gallant defeats included a 16 point loss to Natte-Bealiba last Saturday.
“A lapse in the second quarter where, they kicked six goals, hurt us but around that we obviously played pretty well and if we can play that good footy for longer we can win one of these big games,” Pilgrim said.
“(Maldon’s) Dave Carroll up forward is one that you have to watch and we will give Shaun Orr the job there.
“The Burchells (Sean and Wayne) are good players and Patty Cummins is another player that can play well for them in a few different roles,” Pilgrim said.
Dunolly hosts Talbot at Deledio Reserve tomorrow and the Eagles will be hopeful of posting their second win of the season, against the Hawks who are just one rung below them on the ladder.
Dunolly is coming off the back of a 151 point thrashing. Talbot has one win to date against Royal Park, but the Hawks were very competitive against league leaders Carisbrook in their last match.
Harcourt and Maryborough Rovers meet after a string of disappointing defeats to their names.
Both were finalists in 2011 although only one will have any realistic hope of finals action after the weekend.
The Jarrod Trethowan-coached Lions have struggled to fire in attack and their depth has been severely tested.
Rovers had one of their more disappointing losses in recent history producing just one goal last Saturday at Newstead.
Campbells Creek will make the trip to Navarre this weekend.
Magpies coach Sean Smith has led somewhat of a revival this season with Creek being much more competitive.
Campbells Creek too had a victory last Sunday when it proved too accomplished for Royal Park.
Undefeated Carisbrook travel over the Moloort Plains to meet Newstead. Carisbrook has been hit by a spate of injuries recently and have just scraped home against Creek and Talbot in their last two matches.
Trentham travel to Hedges Oval looking for a percentage boost.
The Tigers onfield performances are becoming inept the further the season goes on. The Saints, meanwhile, have been improving as each week goes by.
The old rivalry from Lexton Plains days will continue on Sunday at Natte Yallock when Lexton make the trip up the highway to do battle with the Swans.
There has been many tough clashes between these sides over the years.
Natte-Bealiba had to fight hard to get over Avoca last week, and will need to be at their best against the Tigers.