Bears keen to secure sixth win

June 02, 2017

James Wong (pictured) has been in fine form for the Bears and coach Brad Campbell expects more of the same from him against Mooroopna tomorrow.

Shepparton is looking to shore up a top-two spot when it takes on Mooroopna tomorrow.

Bears coach Brad Campbell knows the task will not be easy, but is confident his charges can engineer a sixth victory of the season.

With James Wong in fine form up forward, booting 15 goals in his past three outings, Campbell hopes the rest of his Bears can continue to feed off of the key target’s spoils.

‘‘We do want to be unpredictable, but it’s nice to have a few boys up there who can kick goals,’’ Campbell said.

‘‘Wongy’s obviously in great form, and we want to capitalise on that.’’

John Bradaric (ankle) and Luke Smith (groin) will miss through injury, but their absence will give Aaron Egan and Lachlan Ash the chance to lock down a regular senior spot.

Mooroopna, despite letting a golden chance for another victory slip against Shepparton United last week, is primed and ready to take on the Bears.

One major positive was the early return of import and forward target Romain Grenville, who booted two goals, but more importantly pulled up well from the match.

‘‘It’s good to have him out on the park,’’ playing-coach Dale Osborne said.

‘‘The more targets we can have in our forward line obviously the more dangerous we can be.’’

Murray Bushrangers Ajak Dang and Dave Smith will likely come in for the Cats, with Osborne hoping they could add more options to his line-up as well as boost his already strong midfield.

‘‘It is a good thing for us moving forward to have the Bushies boys in, they’ll add plenty of versatility up and down the ground,’’ he said.

‘‘One-on-one our midfield will beat any midfield in the Goulburn Valley I believe, so we’ll keep backing them.’’

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