Katamatite going hard to make PDFL finals

By Tyler Maher

Katamatite has not given up hope of playing Picola District Football league finals this season.

The Tigers are three games back from seventh-placed Rennie and eighth-placed Katunga, but with that duo facing each other this round, it gives Jedd Wright’s troops a chance to peg one match back.

That quest for victory will take place at Tocumwal Recreation Reserve when the Tigers travel to face the 10th-placed Bloods.

‘‘Obviously it’s a really important game for us,’’ Wright said.

‘‘You look at where both sides are on the ladder and we have a good chance for a win.

‘‘It means both sides will be going hell for leather.

‘‘We haven’t given up hope yet (of playing finals), but we have to be realistic and take it one week at a time.

‘‘We need to try and get a win this week and hopefully draw a big crowd to our ball on Saturday night.’’

Last time the two teams met it was Katamatite that came out on top to the tune of 48 points and with a number of players due back from injury, Wright’s side should again be in a strong position.

‘‘We had a pretty inexperienced team in last week, so hopefully we’ll welcome five or six players back to help with our structures,’’ Wright said.

‘‘Callan Aldridge, Brad Robinson and Luke Riordan will be some of the boys who come back in.’’

The Tigers lost to Waaia by 104 points last round, with Sam Fowles, Daniel Parnell and Tom Buzza impressive.

Meanwhile, the Bloods fell to Berrigan by 59 points.

Tim Garlick was outstanding for his side, but the playing coach will be encouraging more of his troops to stand up on Saturday.