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Hughes to miss clash

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June 01, 2018

Jack Hughes taking front position for a contested mark just minutes before injuring his hamstring last Saturday.

Mathoura will have a massive opportunity to pick up their second win of the Picola & District League season when they host Yarroweyah tomorrow.

It’s a battle of the bottom sides, with Yarroweyah and Mathoura sitting 12th and 13th respectively.

It will be a tough task for the Timbercutters to overcome a hungry Hoppers, made more difficult with in-form onballer Jack Hughes out due to a hamstring injury suffered against Waaia last week.

Mathoura co-coach Jack Keogh said the side will regain ruckman Scott Betson, who was rested last week with a foot complaint.

‘‘We may look to bring in Beau Duggan-Hulands as well as Scott (Betson),’’ he said.

‘‘Luckily for Jack (Hughes) it doesn’t look like the injury was too serious. We should have him back in two to four weeks.’’

The two sides have had a tough year, outscored by a whopping combined 1392 points this season, and both sitting on one win.

The Timbercutters tried their hardest against Waaia last weekend but the Bombers’ power proved too much as the game progressed, particularly in a nine goals to one final quarter bonanza.

But it was an even tougher afternoon for the Hoppers, brutalised by the Deni Rovers in a 182 point flogging.

Keogh said his side will treat this game like a finals match.

‘‘Both sides are pretty much in the same boat so both are probably confident of getting a win,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve had a tough start to the year where we’ve played six of the top eight sides, but now we come into a month where there’s a couple of winnable games.

‘‘We’re in relatively good form and while we know we can win this game, in our position we know that no game is an easy task.’’

Despite missing Hughes, Mathoura should still prove the better of these two sides.

Selection: Mathoura by five goals.

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