EAST Point is anything but a one man team, according to assistant coach Peter Jacks.
With Kangaroos coach Dan Jordan in scintillating form this year with 110 goals for the home and away season, it is easy for some to think East Point’s hopes rest on his performance.
Jordan is certainly a barometer for the Roos, but Jacks says there is so much more to the red, white and blue.
Speaking at a BFL press conference yesterday in the absence of Jordan, Jacks said the key to this week’s match against Darley was his side’s midfield and defence.
The attack will sort itself out, as long as there is enough forward supply and resistance at the opposite end.
“By no means are we a one man team, a lot of work has to be done to get the ball down deep in our forward line,” Jacks said.
“Dan’s a very modest player, he certainly wouldn’t be pumping his own tyres up if he was here. We can score heavily and he is a big part of that, but a lot of the credit belongs to the midfield we have.”
The East Point midfield is among the best in the Ballarat Football League, but it will certainly have its work cut out against the Devils.
The likes of Hayden Walters, Jason Delaney, Sam Kitchin and Sam Cooper are key onballers, but will be up against some handy opposition.
Jake Edwards can be influential anywhere on the ground, Nathan Jackel has speed to burn and former AFL star Shane O’Bree is the most experienced player in the league, despite having played just three BFL games.
Jacks said the fact his side had beaten Darley twice this year meant little; either side could easily have won either encounter.
But playing at home certainly has its advantages.
“It can be a double edged sword, it can lower you into too much comfort playing at home at the same time though,” Jacks said.
“(Darley coach Rod MacPherson) mixes it up every time we play them so we’ve got to be ready for anything.”
The match will be played at Eastern Oval on Sunday at 2.15pm.