Timbercutters sharpen their axes

By Riverine Herald

SATURDAY’S result aside, Mathoura has never felt more confident about a fixture.

Having been put to the sword by league leaders Waaia Bombers (on the receiving end of a 135-point loss), the Timbercutters believe they have a real shot at taking points from Yarroweyah.

Mathoura is still bottom of the Picola and District Football League ladder, but are licking their lips at the prospect of singing the song for the second time this year.

It won’t be an easy task — the Hoppers are two spots above the Timbercutters on the PDFL ladder, with a solitary win over Tocumwal, a higher points percentage, and a home ground advantage.

Timbercutters coach Jack Keogh said the game would be taken as seriously as a grand final.

‘‘It is a game we should take points from, it’s like a final for us. The boys are pretty keen to have a crack and there are promising signs.

‘‘Jerilderie is the only side out of the top eight we’ve played so these games are always good to have,’’ he said.

Keogh said he knew Waaia would be a cut above the class that Mathoura can offer, but was pleased with his side’s performance nonetheless.

‘‘We pushed them for three quarters and then the last quarter was a bit of a downer on the day when they kicked away with nine or 10 goals.

‘‘I think we had one on the bench from halfway through the second quarter and a lack of rotations killed us. The boys were all labouring and we had no rotations off the bench,’’ he said.

No rotations off the bench were in part due to midfield maestro Jack Hughes going down with a hamstring injury.

‘‘He normally runs through the midfield for us, and we suspect he’s torn his hamstring, so he’s nursing it up. He might be back this week.

‘‘We hope he is because we have a good shot against (Yarroweyah). We’re going in pretty confident and anything can happen out there,’’ he said.

It will be light training sessions this week on the track for Mathoura, with Hughes and Brayden Wheeler (knee) injured, and youngsters filling their roles.

‘‘Scott Eddy is an 18 year-old who we called up when Scott Betson pulled out on Friday night. He played as a ruckman and battled hard all day and gave us a good contest.

‘‘Going on yesterday’s performance he’s gone a long way to picking himself, but we’ve got to be careful with how we use him,’’ Keogh said.