Knee injury Ads to dilemma

July 28, 2017

Euroa coach JD Hayes will have plenty of motivational words for the Magpies to a win against Rochester on Saturday, despite the significant loss of Adam Tarrant to knee injury.

Euroa has been dealt a huge blow close to Goulburn Valley League finals with Adam Tarrant tearing his medial cruciate ligament last week.

The full-back is expected to miss four weeks, if not more, leaving Magpies playing coach JD Hayes limited for choice ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Rochester.

‘‘Hopefully we can get him back, but we will just have to wait and see how he recovers,’’ Hayes said.

‘‘We lost Adrian (Karatzas) a few weeks ago, so we are a bit light, but we have some boys down there who can fill the void.’’

The Tigers fell 116 points short in a grand final rematch against Kyabram last Saturday night, but Hayes was not looking too much into that.

‘‘Kyabram is Kyabram and we do not really look into form when teams come off a loss to the Bombers,’’ Hayes said.

‘‘We know they (the Tigers) are a good side and we believe they will be wanting to bounce back.’’

The second-placed Magpies are fresh off a two-point victory against Shepparton as they chase a fifth win in six matches.

However, they will have to do it against a Tigers side expected to welcome back experienced premiership guns Elliot Bowen and Perry Oliver.

‘‘We’ll have a few experienced boys back, hopefully we can get a response out of everyone,’’ Tigers coach James Flaherty said.

‘‘I thought we were okay in the first half (against Kyabram), but the second half we were terrible, it has been a problem of ours all year.

‘‘We need to focus on bridging the gap between our best and worst.’’

The Magpies swooped to a 14-point victory at Memorial Oval when the sides last met in round four and their away form has them in good stead to repeat the dose.

Hayes’ side won five of its six away games, with its only loss coming to the Bears at Deakin Reserve in round three, after being 2-7 on the road last year.

‘‘There was a little bit of a knock on us last year with our form on the road, so it’s good to see the boys have turned it around so far,’’ Hayes said.

Jett Trotter is expected to return to the Murray Bushrangers after kicking three goals last week, while Lauchlan Dalgliesh could also feature for Footscray’s VFL side with a host of injuries at the kennel.

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