Picola United Football Club are confident, but not complacent as they head into the second half of the season.
United have been the bench mark of the Picola and District Football League and are sitting 8-0 after round nine to be top of the table.
But a few close games has meant coach Jon Varcoe isn’t taking any teams for granted.
‘‘We can’t afford to have any slip ups and the pressure is on the players to keep their spots,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘There’s several junior players and a few guys playing good reserves footy looking for selection.
‘‘The under 17s are second on the ladder and performing well meaning there’s a lot of young ones with the potential of coming up.
Darcy O’Neill, Noah Glanville, Ben Reid and Darren Hindle were some of the better performers in the reserves, who are also on top of the ladder.
But the Blues will enter tomorrow’s second encounter against Mathoura with a relatively unchanged line up from the week before.
Varcoe hoped to string together some consistent footy starting with tomorrow’s clash at home and took confidence from the previous 91-point thrashing over the Timbercutters.
Mathoura will go into the game missing two of its best in playing coach Phil Hazelman and Jake Ellery, both through injury.
A 92-point loss to Tocumwal at the weekend has left the Timbercutters’ season in tatters, having only managed to defeat one team this season to be eighth on the ladder.
But Varcoe was wary of how they had lined up in recent weeks with quite a few young players and a sprinkling of experienced, tall players.
‘‘We’ll need to be on our toes and make sure we take care of business,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘Like anyone, this time of the year is crucial in knuckling down and continuing to perform well with injuries often presenting themselves.
‘‘We played three strong quarters last week, but our conversion and consistency will need to improve if we’re to finish the season strongly.’’
United have 10 of their senior squad on the injury list with other players unavailable through work and family commitments.
Improvement in all areas would be their aim this week and tightening up their forward line to capitalise on the score board.
For Mathoura, it would be a matter of tackling the second-half of the year as best as they can and performing better against every side.
The Timbercutters have shown moments of strong play and will look to produce that tomorrow for longer periods in advancing on their first round results.
Selection: Picola by 100+ points.