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Rennie trying to work smarter,not harder

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July 13, 2017

Rennie goes into Saturday's game against Rennie with fresh legs after last week's bye.

Working smarter, not harder, is the message coming from Rennie playing coach Paula Mifka for Saturday’s match against Tungamah.

The Grasshoppers enjoyed last week’s bye having defeated Katamatite in the lead-up round for just their third win of the year.

Even if the scoreline does not fall her side’s way again this week, Mifka hoped Rennie could replicate the effort produced in its Katamatite victory.

‘‘I’d absolutely love to get the win, but as a coach that’s not my main priority, it’s more just the way we play,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ll be happy if we play like we did last week, not necessarily because we won, but because we played well.’’

With the side rarely having the same starting seven take the court two weeks in a row, Mifka has had to be adaptable to a variety of combinations.

Three under-17s players back up to contest an A-grade match every week, but the coach said two games a day had done wonders for the youngsters’ progress.

‘‘Their development is just outstanding, they’re just a great group of girls and so keen to learn, they’ve worked really hard on fitness and skills and each person has their own thing they need to work on and it’s all coming together,’’ Mifka said.

But with a core group having different additions to complete the side each week, Mifka wanted her side to back each other’s abilities.

‘‘We’ve been talking a lot about respect for your teammates and their space and what their job is,’’ she said.

‘‘Everyone gets a bit excited and wants to get every second ball and think they need to work harder. It’s not the case — they need to respect their teammates and work a little less, but work smarter.’’

Dookie and Shepparton East will duel in what could be a rehearsal for early round finals match-up, with the pair safely in the top five.

Waaia should gain a mammoth win against Katandra, with the Kats entering the match undermanned, while Katunga should not have too many difficulties against Katamatite.

●In the north-west division, Picola United has been gradually building towards a big second half of the season, but this week the Blues have to contend with the infallible Tocumwal line-up.

Blighty returns from a testing game against Berrigan to meet Jerilderie and the Deni Rovers host Strathmerton.

The Saints and Mathoura enjoy a week off to refresh after coming off round 13 losses.

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