“NO passengers” is the message Russells Creek coach Jay Everall has delivered to his players this week as they eye an upset win against Deakin University.
The winless Kangaroos welcome the Sharks to Mack Oval today in what realistically shapes as one of their last chances to break their season duck. Both sides are close to full strength. But university holidays and expected heavy conditions mean the visitors could be vulnerable.
“We certainly rely on having some input from the whole team rather than three or four guys doing the job for us,” Everall said.
“I was impressing on the guys on Tuesday night no matter where you stand, how long you’re on the ground, what position you’re in, don’t think you’re not going to have an impact in this game.
“We’re looking at everyone to contribute as best they can with what they’re assigned to do. If we can do that, we’re going to have every chance to win.”
Everall said today’s match was a break from a tough five weeks since the interleague break.
“We haven’t played a side outside the top six or seven for a little while now, we’ll be up for the contest, it’s a home game,” Everall said.
Deakin University coach Matt Lenehan said there was confidence in the Sharks’ ranks leading into the match. He believed the break, due to the split round, had benefited his side.
“A few of the boys were a bit sore. We gave them last week off training and they’ve come in real fresh,” he said. “We’ve had a good week on the track. We’re as confident going into this week as we have been the last three or four weeks.”
Lenehan said being able to get the ball to their outside runners was the key to a Sharks’ victory.
“Especially at the Mack Oval, if you can get the ball out to your runners and good ball users, you can get it moving, even if it’s terrible weather.”