Roosters will be tested against Bulldogs

A FOURTH quarter lock-down for a two-point victory against Footscray marked a turning point for North Ballarat Roosters.

It was the breakthrough win the Selkirk Roosters needed and they have not dropped a game since in the Victorian Football League.

Now they go back to where their six-game winning streak started – Footscray.

This will be on semi-neutral territory – Geelong’s Simonds Stadium. The Bulldogs’ play some home games at the venue, but it is a venue the Roosters’ relish playing at.

Roosters coach Gerard FitzGerald said it would be interesting to measure his team against the Bulldogs again.

Chris Maple’s Bulldogs have not lost a game since visiting Eureka Stadium on May 4 and have claimed big scalps in the process. Most notably, they claimed a rare visitors’ win at Port Melbourne’s fortress a fortnight ago. And they did so by about six goals.

The Roosters will sport a near-full North Ballarat line-up, complemented by only three North Melbourne-listed players – Mitch Wilkins, Trent Dumont and rookie American ruckman Eric Wallace.

This is the least number of Kangaroos in action since a qualifying final against Williamstown at Box Hill on 2011.

“We’re almost a standalone team this week ... it’ll be a good test against the most in-form team of the past six week,” FitzGerald said.

“When you think about before that day (against Footscray), we had been playing pretty good footy and were finally rewarded with a win after that terrific last quarter.

“As I said to the players, it’s amazing what can happen when you prepare.”

Redan onballer Callum Currie will play his first VFL game this season, promoted from good form in the Ballarat Football League.

FitzGerald said Currie’s call-up was a reminder to all players that opportunity could arise at any time.

Sebastopol’s Tony Lockyer was promoted in round two and has not missed a game since while Andrew Boseley has developed into a solid defender with Kangaroo Cam Delaney.

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