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Wounded Magpies up for fight

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August 18, 2017

Euroa hopes to secure second spot on the ladder when it faces off with Tatura tomorrow.

Euroa remains locked in a fierce battle for second spot with Shepparton and Seymour, but must capitalise on a fixture against struggling Tatura tomorrow if it is any chance of leap-frogging its rivals.

Last time the two sides met the Magpies escaped with just a 14-point victory, but playing coach JD Hayes does not care what the final margin is against the Bulldogs this time, as long as it again sits in his side’s favour.

‘‘It’s absolutely important to get a win, especially vying for (second and) third spot,’’ he said.

‘‘But I’m just focused on getting the four points, I don’t really care about the margin.’’

Hayes injured his quadriceps at training this week and will most likely miss two matches, with Ben Hayes (sore ribs), Jacob Gleeson (quadriceps), Matt Douglas (hamstring) and Brad Gleeson (general soreness) all also in doubt for tomorrow’s match.

‘‘We’ve got a few injuries at the moment,’’ Hayes said.

‘‘I hurt myself at training, I just can’t catch a break.

‘‘It’s a tear, but it looks like one or two weeks, so you could call it a nick I suppose.’’

The raft of changes will once again open the door for fringe Magpies to step up and stamp their authority on the clash.

‘‘A few boys will be able to put their hands up and get a lot more opportunity,’’ Hayes said.

‘‘There’s always positives to go with the negatives.’’

The Bulldogs are fresh from a week off after struggling to compete with Kyabram, and will be looking for a scalp to finish off a disappointing season.

A hurting Euroa line-up could provide Jamason Daniels’ troops with a chance to claim a stirring upset, but they will need to be at the top of their game to negate one of the most influential home ground advantages in the competition.

However, with rain circling the region spectators at Memorial Oval could see a gritty scrap play out, rather than the free-flowing shootout the Magpies would be hoping for.

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