CHFL: Springbank to assert itself as premiership contender

Springbank coach Sam Giblett remembers some previous thumpings at the hands of Hepburn.

Springbank coach Sam Giblett remembers some previous thumpings at the hands of Hepburn.

SPRINGBANK is out to press its case as a genuine Central Highlands Football League premiership contender when it takes on reigning champions Hepburn on Saturday.

The G.J. Gardner Tigers have been on the end of plenty of beatings at the hands of the Burras, including two years ago when they were thumped by 119 points at this ground.

There will be some players who were part of that defeat, including coach Sam Giblett, who remembers the game vividly.

“They have given us some big old hidings in the past and it’s one of those ones where we need to be there with them to know we can compete with the better sides,” Giblett said.

“They are a very good side, and especially at home they can play that game pretty well.”

Gun midfielder Tim Malone is the big inclusion after being a late withdrawal through injury for the Tigers’ win over Dunnstown last Saturday, while his brother Chris will miss this weekend’s trip with his own injury concerns.

Hepburn coach Clive Raak also has praise for his opposition, particularly after watching the Tigers’ demolition job on back-to-back grand finalists Buninyong on Anzac Day.

The Burras have been ticking along OK this season and strung together a second-straight win with victory against Clunes at the weekend.

Clever youngster Jimmy Rodgers has not played since the round three loss to Gordon and was named as the sole inclusion last night.

PREDICTION: Springbank in a close one.

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