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Confidence is sky high

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June 29, 2017

Strathmerton is ready to rumble against second-placed Blighty this weekend.

After knocking off previously undefeated reigning premier Picola United last week, Strathmerton will set its sights on second-placed Blighty.

The Bulldogs led at every change against the Blues, fighting off a late comeback from the ladder leader to finish 10 points up.

The win will instil a huge amount of confidence into Tim Bramich’s and Michael Laidlaw’s men, as will the performances of some of their stars.

Adrian Crestani kicked six goals in the breakthrough triumph, while Tyron Hill was also brilliant.

Strathmerton has put together seven straight victories to storm up the Picola District Football League north-west ladder, with its last defeat coming at the hands of this week’s opponent.

The Redeyes held on for a five-point success when these two sides last met in round three.

Daniel Kirchen’s troops tuned up well for the clash during a comfortable 82-point win against Mathoura, with Judd Barnes starring and James Kennedy and Brett MacDonald each slotting three goals.

Like their last battle, this game should go right to the wire, and both sides will be looking to shore up their positions on the ladder with another four points.

●Picola United will be hoping to promptly return to the winners circle against Berrigan.

The Blues are battling a growing injury list as the season progresses, but with forward Taylor Beard still in good form after snaring five goals in his past two matches they will be confident of securing victory.

The Saints were disappointing during a 31-point to Tocumwal last week and will look to Jarren Osborn and Kyle Hawker to drag more teammates towards standout performances.

●Tocumwal must try to boost its percentage this week to a number much closer to the top sides.

The Bloods sit in fourth with a percentage of 141, more than 55 less than third-placed Strathmerton.

But the Demons will be refreshed after a bye and will be pushing to add to their total of two wins for the year.

●In the final match of the round, the two bottom sides Mathoura and Yarroweyah will go head-to-head.

The Timbercutters took the honours in the last meeting of the teams by 156 points, so the Hoppers will be out for revenge.

The Deniliquin Rovers have the bye this week.

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