Great Western to battle top team

THE GREAT Western Lions face the most arduous task in the Mininera and District Football League tomorrow when they travel to Moyston to take on ladder leaders Moyston-Willaura.

Great Western forward Tim Shalders manages to get his kick away under pressure against Penshurst last Saturday.

Great Western forward Tim Shalders manages to get his kick away under pressure against Penshurst last Saturday.

The Lions will go in with some renewed confidence after several consistent performances in their past few matches.

Drawing confidence from last week's two point loss to Penshurst, Great Western will hope to be competitive against a stronger Moyston outfit.

While it will be a difficult match up for the lowly ranked Lions, the side's strong and contested style of play has put teams under pressure in recent weeks and they will look to take that into tomorrow's game.

Great Western will look to put the Pumas on the back foot by playing a strong first quarter.

While Lions coach Nick Thomas was satisfied with his team's performance last week, he said his side was not happy with the end result and will be hungry to cause a major upset tomorrow.

If the Lions are any chance tomorrow they will have to stop the run and carry style of play the Pumas use with devastating effect.

When the two teams met earlier in the season damaging midfielders such as Luke Thomas and Matt Peel, along with half backs Rhys Cronin and utility John Vanderwaal cut the Lions apart.

The Lions will look to in form youngsters Tom McCord and Cody Virgona, as well as Danny Grellet and consistent midfielders Lachie Malloy and BJ Burton.

The Lions will be further helped by the return of captain Brett Dowie who is coming back from a knee injury that forced him out of last week's match.

Dowie is likely to start forward for the Lions, but could play a key role in defence if required.

Great Western will travel to Moyston tomorrow.

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