By the time Mathoura takes the field on Saturday they will have had three weeks’ break since they last played.
The Timbercutters will need to shake off any signs of rust quickly if they are to compete with Strathmerton at the Mathoura Recreation Reserve.
Coach Phil Hazelman said a few good weeks on the training track has helped his side’s confidence heading into a tough game.
‘‘The break came at a good time to be honest, we had a couple of injuries in the Deni Rovers game so we’ve had time to get over those,’’ he said.
‘‘We freshened up and then got stuck into training when most teams were probably backing off a little. We’ve worked hard so there are no excuses, we go in with pretty much a full side.’’
Mathoura is 1-3 from four games but showed they’re developing well with a massive round three win against Yarroweyah as well as a competitive 39-point loss against the Deniliquin Rovers.
‘‘The belief is now there that we can contend with the top five or six sides,’’ Hazelman said.
‘‘It’s a real positive and the boys have shown that with their application to training. We haven’t worked on anything in particular for Strathmerton, but we know we need to play our best to beat them.
‘‘They’ve been successful for a lot of years, they’re an experienced side but they did drop a couple of games early in the season because they’ve got a fair few new guys.
‘‘The key is their midfield, and if we can shut them down and win more of the footy we’ll give ourselves the opportunity to score more often.
‘‘If we can reach our targets in terms of tackles, inside 50s and stoppages we’ll be pleased,’’ he said.
Selection: Strathmerton by eight goals.