Time to fix flaws

July 27, 2017

Stanhope's Jye Patten has kicked 12 goals in his past three games and is in great form. After stunning reigning premier Nagambie at home last week, Stanhope travels to Avenel on Saturday.

Avenel’s run of eight rounds without a loss came to an end against arch rival Nagambie and Don Stirling’s men have had plenty of time to stew on the result.

The Lakers proved 16 points too good in round 14, but after a bye the Swans are ready and raring to take on fellow premiership contender Stanhope.

‘‘Any bye in the second half of the year comes at a good time, there are a few sore boys,’’ Stirling said.

‘‘To get within 16 of Nagambie was a fair effort I think, but we know there’s a few areas we have to work on and the extended week off allowed us to get all the boys to training to do that.’’

The Lions did what Avenel could not and took down Nagambie last week and Stirling knows Saturday’s contest will be a tough one.

‘‘Stanhope will obviously come in with a lot of confidence,’’ he said.

‘‘We just want to play our brand of footy and put them on the back foot early.’’

Stirling mentioned Michael Morgan, Scott Tyers and Max Lawrence as important to his side’s chances, while Tim Dundon could miss the clash after suiting up for VFL club Sandringham on the weekend.

‘‘We’re just looking for consistency and to finish the year off well,’’ Stirling said.

For Stanhope, this match carries plenty of meaning as well.

‘‘It is a huge game, we haven’t beaten Avenel at Avenel for a few years,’’ coach Brenton Gray said.

‘‘It should be a ripping game, we’re looking forward to it.’’

A win will keep the fourth-placed Lions in touch with the top Kyabram District Football League teams and Gray hoped his side was coming together at the right time of the season.

‘‘We’re starting to get a few players back, Ryan Emmett and Tom Durward came back for the first time in a while and it will be good for them to have another game under their belts,’’ Gray said.

‘‘We’ve averaged about 18 blokes out across the last month, so it has been really hard on the twos, too.

‘‘With numbers back now, it will be a huge game for the club.’’

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