Tat faces tough Haisman Shield test

By Tyler Maher

Tatura faces another tough Haisman Shield test tomorrow.

After coming close to knocking Central Park-St Brendan’s over last week, Tatura now faces reigning premier Katandra in a round two fixture with plenty on the line.

The Eagles also dropped their first match of the season and will be out to even the ledger when they make the trip to Howley Oval.

‘‘We’re ready to go, there were a lot of positive signs from last week,’’ Tatura captain-coach Tim Kelly said.

‘‘Blake (Armstrong) and Will (Pyke) were pretty solid out there and played well in the practice matches as well. We think we bat all the way down and those two definitely give us something in the order.’’

Caiden Pratt (30), Mathew Cornwall (27) and Michael Archer (26) gave Tatura’s batting plenty of substance last week, but Kelly knows more is needed if his side is to defeat Katandra.

‘‘They’re a very strong team and we haven’t beaten them for a long time,’’ he said.

‘‘We know how good they are and we have to be right on top of our game to beat them.’’

Tom Vibert (wedding) and Louis Worm (ankle) go out of the side, with James Collett and Sean Martin set to line up against the Eagles.

Katandra will also have a number of team changes after its loss to Shepparton United.

Corey Hickford, Ryleigh Shannon, Andrew Riordan and Scott Richardson are all in line to be included, with Riordan’s return from a series of injuries much-anticipated.

‘‘It was a pretty disappointing performance for us, but we were pretty underdone and had a few boys away on their footy trip, so hopefully we can put in a better showing this week,’’ Katandra co-captain Jedd Wright said.

‘‘United bowled really well and we worked on turning the strike over at training this week instead of just trying to hit boundaries all the time.’’

Hadleigh Sirett top-scored for the Eagles last week with 29, while Nathan Hickey’s 2-14 led the way with the ball.