Navarre chasing clean sweep

NAVARRE Grasshoppers have just one game to go to complete their undefeated Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League season and it is against bottom of the ladder Dunolly.

Navarre will be looking to keep their unbeaten record intact tomorrow.

Navarre will be looking to keep their unbeaten record intact tomorrow.

Navarre has been the standouts of the competition and for them to lose this weekend, something would have to go drastically wrong.

Last time the two teams met Dunolly were competitive for the first half of football before falling away badly.

Coach Daniel Parkin is wary of the fact that they are playing their last game and may try harder to find a win.

"It is their last game of the year and everyone wants to finish on a winning note," Parkin said.

The winning streak means nothing to Navarre and they will continue to take their season one game at a time as they continue their charge towards back to back premierships.

"We are taking each game as it comes," Parkin said.

"At the same time, we need to be preparing for finals."

The last couple of games have mostly been about improving and fine tuning the little aspects of the Grasshoppers game.

They have identified the ruck work and clearances as an area they need to improve on after Maldon last week beat them through the middle in the first half.

"We won't get a good gauge on improvement this week because Dunolly just don't have the midfielders that Maldon do," Parkin said.

Parkin has missed the last couple of training sessions due to work commitments and won't return to the track until next Thursday. He has however been there on game day.

Assistant coach Brent Flood and captain Louis Hannett have held the reins at training.

Players to miss this week include Bryce Tickner, who didn't get up after straining his hamstring last week and Ben Scott is unavailable due to work commitments.

Nic Murphy will also have another week on the sidelines.

Despite the couple of changes Parkin hopes to get some consistency in his line up for the finals.

"There is still that opportunity for a player to put his hand up for a senior final," Parkin said.

"That is the exciting thing about this season."

Navarre will take on Dunolly at their home ground from 2.20pm tomorrow afternoon.

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