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Boyle keen for big challenge

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August 04, 2017

Tatura coach Molly Boyle will be leading her team into Saturday's game with a positive mindset against ladder leader Kyabram.

How do you prepare to come up against an undefeated Kyabram outfit?

That’s Tatura coach Molly Boyle’s assignment this weekend when the Bulldogs host the Lions on Sunday.

But Boyle said it was about using it as an opportunity to view how her side stacked up against the benchmark side rather than becoming overawed.

‘‘We just keep going in with a positive mindset, we’ve got nothing to lose at this point in the season and know it’s a big task,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re fully aware of how fantastic a team they are, but we have to do the best we can, we’ve got nothing to lose and it’s nice to go up against the top side and see where you’re at.’’

The Bulldogs are buoyed by a strong performance against Shepparton United last week, but the side has been ravaged by injuries.

Club stalwart Alex Bertram has had her year cruelly ended after sustaining an ACL injury against Echuca, with the diagnosis coming after she was unable to play out the tight match against the Murray Bombers.

But Boyle said Maddie Davis had adjusted to being needed as part of the circle defence.

‘‘Maddie Davis has moved well from wing defence back into goal keeper and Emma Ryan in goals has really slotted back into the groove of things after a year off,’’ she said.

B-grade players Taylor Rokahr and Rachel Thomson have been stepping up with Boyle saying they have been playing their role in the side.

Content with how Tatura has faired this year Boyle is looking forward to continuing the developments into next season.

For Kyabram coach Belinda Lees, her mission is to keep her team refreshed in the lead up to the finals with the week off to follow Sunday’s match.

‘‘The bye has come at a good time, we’re ready to mentally recoup and we want to put our heads down and enter with a clear mind about what we want,’’ she said.

The Bombers will again be be without their starting seven with Holly Butler missing because of a family commitment and Lees said she would be looking beyond the final score.

‘‘We’ve got our own things that are non-negotiable across our team and that’s what we always measure our performances on and how well we adhere to those and that’s our scorecard coming into finals,’’ she said.

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