BACK: Rover Matt Skrypek will return for Kaniva-Leeor United at the weekend. Picture: STEVE BROWNKANIVA-LEEOR United has two weeks to secure a double chance ahead of the 2014 Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara Football League finals series.
The Cougars, who dropped to fourth at the weekend after losing to Mundulla, will face Lucindale on Saturdayin the penultimate round of the home and away competition.
Penola, Mundulla and Kaniva-Leeor United are equal on 44 points – eight points behind ladder-leader Padthaway.
The Cougars can reclaim third spot on Saturday, provided they beat the eighth-placed Roos and Mundulla falls short of the Lions.
Kaniva-Leeor coach Neil Reeve said his charges would not take the Roos lightly despite their low ladder position.
“We might have beaten them by 10 goals last time, but the scoreboard didn’t really reflect the game,” he said.
“They put up a really good fight and we’re expecting another competitive game.”
The Cougars will be without Joel Wagg, ankle, and Lewis Keller, who received a concussion against the Tigers.
Rover Matt Skrypek will return from a concussion sustained against Keith in round 13, while Alex Brown will also be available.
Reeve said he would take a strong team to Lucindale.
“We know they’ve got a lot of good players and hopefully we’ll get those match-ups right,” he said.”
The Cougars defenders will need to be wary of Roos coach and dangerous full-forward Sam Logan, while Reeve and Ryan Richardson will be pivotal in the ruck against the dominant Mark Snowball.
“Hopefully the defenders can create a bit of run, but we will need to win the midfield and the ruck,” Reeve said.
A strong win would give the Cougars a confidence boost ahead of their round 18 match against Bordertown, which must defeat Naracoorte on Saturday to keep its slim finals chance alive.
In other round 17 matches, Border Districts is in for another tough day at the office when it hosts second-placed Penola, Keith will retain fifth spot against bottom-side Kybybolite and Kingston has a bye.
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