Blighty assistant coach Jack Tyndall has not given up on his side’s chances of finishing on top of the ladder, looking for a big win when his side hosts Jerilderie in round 14 of the Picola League tomorrow.
With the Redeyes dropping to third spot, due to Strathmerton gaining a superior percentage, Tyndall said his side needs to start having convincing wins over the lower ranked sides.
But he knows it won’t be easy, with the Demons coming close to notching up a third win in recent weeks.
‘‘Excluding last week against Picola, Jerilderie have been quite competitive in the second half of the season,’’ Tyndall said.
‘‘If they had’ve kicked straighter in the first quarter last week then they would’ve been much closer to Picola as well.
‘‘We only just scraped over the line against Berrigan, and Jerilderie are a similar side to them.
‘‘They have a proud history and it wasn’t that long ago they were the team to beat in the league.
‘‘But if we’re at our best we should win, and if we can build on our percentage each week, then top spot isn’t out of the question.’’
The Redeyes are expected to have a stronger line-up this week with Cody Jordan returning to the side after being a late out last week.
A surprise inclusion could be onballer Mitch O’Brien, whose last senior game for the club came when Jerilderie upset the Redeyes by 15 points last year.
Tyndall said co-captain Kyel Bain and onballer Josh Peers were also a chance to return.
‘‘We’ll know about Kyel and Josh after training on Thursday (last night),’’ he said.
‘‘Mitch had a good game in the twos last week and has been at training so we’ll keep that option open.
‘‘We’re looking for another big game out of Matt O’Connor this week as well. He’ll be the one to go to Aaron Purcell (Jerilderie full forward). Last time we played them Matt played quite well on him.’’
The Redeyes’ onballers Jed Brain, Sam Singleton and James Kennedy will contend with Jerilderie’s onball brigade of Chris Marshall, James Gilligan and Blair Henery, who have all battled well despite the side struggling again this year.
A key battle will be in the ruck with Blighty’s Gilbert McKinnon and Jerilderie’s Tom Bryce both playing important roles for their respective sides this season.
The Demons will have a tough battle in their defensive half with Paddy Darcy and David Hercus trying to shut-down Lenny Clarke and Lachlan MacDonald.
Selection: Blighty by 100+ points.