Maldon v Navarre | Round 11 MCDFNL 2017

Curtis Bibby. Picture: Navarre FNC.

Curtis Bibby. Picture: Navarre FNC.

After a series of easy wins, Navarre will be up for the challenge when it comes up against an in form Maldon on Saturday. 

The Bombers have struggled so far this season, recording only two wins from 10 attempts. 

One of Maldon’s wins came against Avoca last weekend, comfortably dealing with the Bulldogs. 

Navarre coach Jayden Fowkes said his side will not be complacent heading into the game.

“Playing on their home ground which is a bit smaller probably won’t help us,” he said.

“We like to run and carry and use our fitness, so we will be wary of the smaller size.

“Hopefully it is a good competition.”

The Grasshoppers are coming off a 191-point demolition of Campbells Creek.

Navarre was clearly not affected by injuries ruling key players out of the game.

Jesse Hannett, Ash Driscoll, Will Marshman and Fowkes all missed the match and will miss further games.

Hannett could be a chance to return in two weeks time from a shoulder injury, while Fowkes is likely to only miss the upcoming Maldon game.

Driscoll and Marshman will have extended stays on the sidelines, with ankle injuries keeping Driscoll out for three weeks and Marshman out for five. 

Fowkes said the loss of players opens doors for the club.

“It is a good opportunity to get experience into a few different guys. Under 17 player Lachie Wilkinson played his first game, so it is great for guys like him to get a chance,” he said.

Fowkes said he was surprised by the complete dominance by his side with the amount of players missing.

“It was a fairly solid win. I didn’t expect to win by that much,” he said.

“It was a good team effort with 22 guys taking the challenge on board.”

Navarre are level with first placed Carisbrook, with a lower percentage keeping the Grasshoppers in  second place.

Navarre’s percentage has sky rocketed in recent weeks, and another big win over Maldon could see the team jump over the Redbacks.

The boost has been spearheaded by forward Cody Driscoll, who has kicked 24 goals in his last three games. 

“Cody is just doing what he always does and dominating,” Fowkes said.

Driscoll leads the league’s goal kicking tally, with 55 majors to his name. 

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