Mathoura has another tough task ahead in round two of the Picola & District League when they travel to Strathmerton to face the Bulldogs tomorrow.
Coming off the back of a big loss against reigning premiers Picola, Mathoura playing coach Jack Keogh said the side will be bolstered by the arrival of some new faces.
‘‘We have a few ins so we hope that can make a difference to the team dynamics,’’ he said.
‘‘I found out in Saturday’s match I suffered an AC joint sprain (shoulder), so hopefully I’ll only be out for one to two weeks.
‘‘James Eddy has broken his collarbone so he’s out for six to eight weeks. We hope to have a few guys to fill those holes.’’
Strathmerton has made finals for the past six years and is coming off a thrilling six-point loss to Deni Rovers.
Bulldog Matt O’Kane had a strong showing in defeat in that match while recruit Zach Betson also had supporters excited for his season.
‘‘They (Strathmerton) have been very consistent in the past five or six years, and they’ve always been there or thereabouts in terms of finals,’’ Keogh said.
‘‘We’re keeping positive this week and we’ll be up for the challenge, and we hope to put up a better performance.’’
The A grade netballers will also face Strathmerton in round two of the Picola and District Netball League tomorrow.
After losses in the opening rounds from both Mathoura and Strathmerton, both sides will hope for redemption.
Selection: Strathmerton by 80 points.