Picola District Football League’s two standout sides will meet in a top of the ladder heavyweight clash at Memorial Park tomorrow.
The Deni Rovers and Waaia have both had unbeaten starts to the year, with the pair set to meet in arguably the biggest game of the home and away season.
Sitting 6-0, the Rovers have well and truly lived up to lofty pre-season expectations, but could make the ultimate statement this weekend by knocking off the premiership favourites.
Waaia have looked unstoppable and a level above their rivals in moving to a 5-0 record and outscoring their opponents by 602 points in five games.
Rovers coach Josh Bode said it is clearly his side’s biggest test of the year so far.
‘‘Being 6-0 is good, but we’re more happy we’ve won some close games and been able to come from behind when we’ve needed to,’’ he said.
‘‘Strathmerton in round one headed us and we got going again, and even against Blighty they came at us and we were able to steady.
‘‘We’re fairly confident in our own ability, we just have to win the contested footy and get it out with our run.
‘‘By 5pm on Saturday (tomorrow) we’ll know exactly where we’re at.’’
Unfortunately for the Roos they will be missing key forward/ruckman Brody Lumber for the clash, with the assistant coach away for a wedding.
But the Rovers will have some handy inclusions with defender Peter Lewis (hamstring) coming into the side for his first senior game of the season after a successful return in the reserves last week.
The Roos will also welcome a host of key players with onballer Dylan Kerr, utility David Smith, key forward James Kirby and ruckman Adam Bodey all coming back in.
‘‘Brendan Hope and Matt Horne will stay as our key backs, so Pete Lewis will slot into a back pocket or back flank,’’ Bode said.
‘‘Des Morgan has been a general down back and I have full confidence in our back-line to beat anyone.
‘‘We’ve got a bit of a luxury in our midfield, with Ricky Waters’ leg feeling good to add another rotation.
‘‘It also helps that we’ve had Adam Bodey being a very handy player in the ruck, so he’ll be a welcomed return this week.’’
Waaia boast plenty of match-winning talent, with the twin terrors up forward, playing-coach Matt Brown and Charlie Burrows, kicking 51 goals between them this season, while Shayne Lynch is also in sizzling touch.
With the Rovers having plenty of big ‘ins’ they should be able to improve on last week’s performance, but it’s hard to go past Waaia’s scintillating form.
Selection: Waaia by 20 points.