Navarre expecting close encounter

Navarre had a tough game against an improved Royal Park last weekend.
Navarre had a tough game against an improved Royal Park last weekend.

NAVARRE Grasshoppers are looking for a close, competitive match from Campbells Creek in the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League.

Navarre had a tough game against an improved Royal Park last week and despite not winning by their usual three figure margin, captain Louis Hannett said they were happy with the win.

"It doesn't look as impressive on the scoreboard, but in those conditions, we were really pleased with the win," Hannett said.

"They were a new team and they played good football."

Campbells Creek are a much poorer performed team who sit in seventh spot on the ladder.

"They should at least be competitive," Hannett said.

"They are a tough side and it should be a tough match despite their results to date."

With only five games remaining in the season the injuries at Navarre are still concerning, with three regular players having scans late this week.

Those three players were Brent Flood, Luke Hendy and Josh Fowkes.

Flood, who missed several games with a dislocated elbow, returned for a couple of matches before injuring his knee.

Flood was a late withdrawal from last week's match and is expected to miss again this week.

Hendy has also been monitoring a sore knee for the majority of this season and will undergo scans to see where he is at.

Josh Fowkes will also have scans on his knee.

Other casualties were Daniel Parkin, who should return from a corked calf and Cody Driscoll, who will return after shoulder soreness.

Both Parkin and Driscoll joined captain Louis Hannett at the physiotherapist this week, but should be right to go against Campbells Creek tomorrow.

While Navarre has an even spread of quality players Campbells Creek isn't so fortunate.

Adam Pollock is a consistently strong performer for Campbells Creek and will spend the majority of the game in the ruck.

He is known to float forward for a rest and can kick goals, averaging just over three this season and will be a player Navarre needs to watch.

In the absence of Josh Fowkes, Rhett Murphy will get the job on Pollock, who is arguably their best player.

Other Campbells Creek players to watch include James Boag, Shannon Berriman and Brandon Greenwood.

Navarre will be in front of their home crowd again this week as they get one step closer to the finals.


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