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KDL football | Tallygaroopna focuses on enjoyment before preliminary final clash

By Aydin Payne

Fun and enjoyment has been at the top of the list at Tallygaroopna's training this week before its preliminary final clash against Lancaster.

The Redlegs were heavily defeated by Nagambie in last weekend's Kyabram District League semi-final clash, going down by 99 points.

Tally coach Kevin O'Donoghue said his side tried to move on quickly from the loss as they get ready for the do-or-die clash at Dookie Recreation Reserve.

"We've really focused on getting some fun back and enjoyment after the loss," he said.

"At Tuesday night we had a quick chat and said, 'right, let's not dwell on that performance'.

"And that's the benefit of finishing top-two, one bad game and you still have a chance to rectify that performance.

"Hopefully the boys can respond on Saturday against Lancaster."

For Lancaster, they are coming off two brilliant wins from finals clashes against Avenel and Stanhope.

Brother duo Tannar and Zach Cerrone have been superb performers and kicked five goals in the 50-point win over Stanhope.

Zaid Besim has provided spark in attack and along with his brother Besim Besim, have been influential for Lancaster.

And winger James Ross has provided pace and excitement around the contest.

A positive for the Redlegs is that their opponent on Saturday is one who they have come up against twice in the past six weeks.

On both occasions O'Donoghue's side defeated the Wombats and he believes they can go in with some positivity.

"The boys can go in with confidence knowing that they have those recent wins," he said.

"But in saying that, we have got to be at our best.

"We know Lancaster is a good side, and that shows with their recent performances."

He highlighted that the multiple games against the Wombats have allowed for his side to not focus on their opposition as much.

"We have a fair understanding of what to expect, just as Lancaster does with us," he said.

"Those games are still fresh in the memory and you don't have to do as much homework.

"We can just go in focusing on us and making sure we play our brand of footy."

Tallygaroopna will be hoping that injured pair Tyson Sidebottom and Ben Wellington can be ready in time for Saturday's clash after they both missed the clash against Nagambie.

Zach Brett is expected to return to the fold after recovering from a rolled ankle.