Fortune favours

August 24, 2017

Katunga will regain veteran Jacob Hodgkin for Sunday's cutthroat Picola District Football south-east elimination final against Waaia.

Fortune has favoured Waaia ahead of Sunday’s Picola District Football League south-east elimination final.

Fixturing has seen the Bombers land a home final, but that did not faze Katunga co-coach Daniel Burness.

‘‘I really would not read too much into playing at home, if anything it adds a little more pressure on them,’’ Burness said.

The Swans have lost three of their past four games, but they will be boosted by the return of Oliver Small, Jacob Hodgkin and Tyler Dunn.

‘‘Like most clubs, we have been through a fair few injuries this season, but it is good to get some players back at the right time,’’ Burness said.

The Swans’ past four losses were by a combined 223 points, but with their season at stake Burness expected a fierce contest from his side.

‘‘Finals is a different ball game, anything can happen, our boys know that and they will be going out to give it a real crack,’’ Burness said.

The Bombers have beaten the Swans three times already this season, but the question is which Bombers outfit will turn up?

Mick Cleeland’s side has been the most unpredictable side in the south-east, beating Shepparton East and Rennie one week before losing to the likes of Katamatite.

Reigning Pearce medallist Matt McCarty will look to play a pivotal role from midfield with the workhorse featuring in the best two out of the three times the clubs have met.

Bombers forward Charlie Burrows has also had a stranglehold on the Swans’ defence this season, kicking two bags of six on his way to 14 goals in three games.

Meanwhile, up the other end Callum Wilson has been in scintillating touch this season, leading the competition goalkicking with 72 goals.

When Wilson is on he is hard to stop and most sides have struggled this season, with the powerful forward having kicked five or more goals on seven separate occasions.

The Bombers must get back to winning ways after losing two games on the trot heading into finals.

Cleeland’s side only scored 46 points in successive weeks after Rennie and Tungamah outclassed the Bombers.

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