Eager for fur to fly

August 25, 2017

Mooroopna young gun Dean Smith and his teammates will be playing for pride when they staunch rival Shepparton tomorrow night.

Mooroopna will be looking to inflict damage on one of its fiercest rivals tomorrow night when hosting Shepparton under lights in its ‘‘grand final’’.

The Cats have only pride to play for and will be looking to ‘‘crash and bash’’ the Bears, who are aiming to cement second spot.

‘‘We know what we are up against, they are a good side, but we will want to finish the season on a high and bounce back after last week’s loss (against Shepparton United),’’ coach Dale Osborne said.

‘‘Prior to last week we had a good month of football and I think the boys are starting to believe that they can mix it with the competition’s better sides.’’

The Cats have won two of their past five matches, with their three successes Osborne’s first three in charge after going 0-18 last year.

The Bears will be without Matt Shannon and Levi Power due to injury and the talented pair will more than likely miss the first week of finals.

‘‘It is unfortunate, they are both good players, but it is the squad that gets you this far and we have some great depth to come in and fill the void,’’ Campbell said.

The Bears, going on worst case scenario basis, could finish as low as fourth if results do not fall in their favour, with Campbell realising the importance of finishing second.

‘‘A top two spot gives you a second chance, third gives you an elimination final, so I know every side in the competition would be hoping for a second chance,’’ Campbell said.

‘‘If you had of told me that we could finish in the top two at the start of the season, I would have taken that.’’

James Wong will pose a threat for the Cats with the Bears’ star forward having kicked 61 goals this season, while the Cats will be bolstered with the return of utility Rhys McKenzie.

McKenzie, who has been nursing a rib injury, is expected to fill a void down back.

Midfielders Ben Davies and Clint Riley are destined to go head-to-head as the former continues to push his one more claim for the Morrison Medal in his debut season for the Bears.

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