Hoppers have big job ahead of them

By Tyler Maher

Yarroweyah will be full of confidence after securing a second win for the season last week.

The Hoppers defeated Jerilderie by 33 points to lift themselves from the bottom of the table, with Jeff Younger (five goals), Shaun Greenway and Keegan Oliver all playing starring roles in the triumph.

That confidence may not last too long though, with undefeated Waaia next on the agenda.

The Bombers are an ominous prospect for any team, having not scored less than 91 points in a game this season, but even more so for the Hoppers after the final scoreboard read 255-8 last time the duo met.

Connor Brown booted five majors for Waaia in a big win against Katamatite last week and will be crucial again on Saturday.

●Second-placed Deniliquin also looks set to secure a big win, facing cellar-dweller Jerilderie.

The Rovers defeated Strathmerton by 18 points last week thanks to the likes of Nathan Kerr and Ricky Waters and will be looking to replicate a round four 155-point demolition of the Demons.

Grant-Patrick Smith played an almost lone hand for Jerilderie last round and will need plenty more help on Saturday.

●Picola United will attempt to remain in touch with the Picola District Football League top two when it takes on Berrigan.

The Blues smashed Mathoura by 107 points last round and will look to exact similar pain on the Saints on Saturday.

Connor Thornton led Berrigan to a win against Tocumwal last week with four goals, while Ron Middleton (three) was also handy.

●Katunga and Rennie do battle with ultimate security on the line.

The Swans and Grasshoppers should taste finals action this year, but whichever outfit comes out on top after Saturday’s game will be assured of it.

Katunga lost a tight battle to Blighty last round, while Rennie rested up with a bye.

●Mathoura faces a tough task against Blighty on Saturday.

The Timbercutters have only secured two wins this season and will have to rely on Andrew Evans, Luke Bonnett and Jack Keogh to drag them over the line against the Redeyes.

Blighty star Jed Brain is back to his best form after returning to the field last week with four majors, an ominous sign for the rest of the competition.