After two losses to start the season the Deni Rams face another big challenge when they travel to Congupna in a tough round three match in Murray League action tomorrow.
The Road too haven’t posted a win but will start as favourites at home after some strong off-season recruiting.
Ayden Fiore (Shepparton United) returned to The Road on the eve of the season, while Mansfield’s Jack Egan and the class of recruit BJ Squire has seen Congupna competitive in its opening matches against Mulwala and Finley.
The last time these sides met it was Congupna breaking a 673-day winless run to down the Rams by 49 points last year.
New Rams playing-coach Todd Gallagher said he expects a tough contest.
‘‘We haven’t played well over in Congupna in recent years,’’ he said.
‘‘We need to make sure we show up ready to play this week.
‘‘Last week we were good early but dropped off in the second half.
‘‘BJ Squire has starred in both games so far so we’ll need to try and stop him.
‘‘We want to look for improvement and hopefully come away with a win.’’
The Rams are likely to be without ruckman Chris O’Connor this weekend due to work commitments, leaving a big hole in the ruck stocks.
It will most likely be 18 year-old Sid Pearn to fill the ruck role, with support from seasoned campaigner Jayden Pitts.
Gallagher said he would also look to his key onballers to help lead the way.
‘‘I’m looking for big games from Rick Gittens and Ash Morris. They give us so much drive and can kick goals.
‘‘What we need is for our midfielders to kick goals.
‘‘Jayden Pitts was forced to ruck a lot in round one, but with what he showed last week against Rumba we’ll need him up forward as a strong marking target.
‘‘With Congupna being a smaller ground our purpose will be to play straight up the middle and to make it a tough game of contested footy.
‘‘To win we have to make it a 10 goal to eight game, rather than looking for a 21 goal to 18 kind of match.’’
Selection: Congupna by five goals.