Concentration and four-quarter effort is what Leitchville Gunbower coach Tim Bannan has said he wants to see from his side when they take on White Hills this Saturday.
“We want to play four quarters of a foot instead of just five minutes here or there,” Bannan said.
“We’ve played together a bit now, so it’s time to make sure we stick to the structures of the team, but also across the four quarters.
“The main focus is focus, because that’s where it comes from. Playing four quarters of football will come once we start concentrating again, that’s my main goal for this week.
The Bombers are coming off their fifth straight loss, a 36-point loss to Elmore last weekend.
Bannan said his team’s ball skills hurt them against the Bloods, adding that was an area they wanted to improve on this weekend.
“We coughed the ball a bit when we got it in our hands, so hopefully we can take care of the football a bit more and make sure our ball players are working defensively,” he said. he declares.
White Hills is 2-4 this season with wins over North Bendigo and Elmore, and is just one win above the Bombers on the ladder.
Bannan said he expects to face a physical team from White Hills on Saturday.
“It’s a pretty physical team. They are quite manageable, they have always been a solid team,” he said.
“We always want to win, but we also want to improve.
“I think if we stick to team structures and play four quarters, we give ourselves an opportunity. If we can do that, anything can happen.
Leitchville Gunbower will welcome Tom Brereton back to the side this weekend, while youngsters James Barrett – who scored four goals against Elmore – and Oskar Smartt will once again be part of the squad.
But the Bombers will be without one of their key midfielders, with Mitch Candy set to miss the game due to illness.
“Mitch is a pretty big part of our midfield and he’s played really well, so that’s a little disappointing, but at the end of the day it’s about proving him right,” Bannan said.
The Bombers picked up their only win of the season so far in the first round, but Bannan said the group of players are still hungry for a number two win.
“It’s one thing about this group of players, they keep coming to training and giving their all,” he said.
“They could have given up but they continued very well, which is great, they are still in good shape.”
The Demons lost to Heathcote by 48 points last weekend.
Heathcote District Football League
White Hills (2-4, sixth) vs Leitchville Gunbower (1-5, eighth)
Kickoff: 2:15 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at White Hills Recreation Reserve