Navarre faces Natte test

Navarre faces a tough test tomorrow against Natte Bealiba.
Navarre faces a tough test tomorrow against Natte Bealiba.

NAVARRE have taken on all before them so far this season in the Maryborough/Castlemaine District Football League and will be looking to another test when they take on Natte Bealiba tomorrow.

The Grasshoppers sit at the top of the competition ladder and will be keen to test themselves against Natte, who sit fifth on the ladder and boast wins against other teams in the top eight this season.

Navarre captain Louis Hannett said Natte Bealiba always tend to play their best football towards the end of the season.

"We find that they are always tough to beat," he said.

Navarre can expect to welcome back Luke Hendy (knee) and Sam Robinson (quad), from injury for tomorrow's clash at Natte Yallock.

However, assistant coach Brent Flood (knee) and Josh Fowkes (knee) are expected to miss again, while Billy Parry (wrist) and Jesse Hannett (shoulder) are still some weeks away.

It will be vital Navarre control the Natte runners led by Steve Ross and Zac Perez. Perez can be particularly dangerous if allowed to push forward, as he showed last week kicking six goals.

Louis Hannett said Natte Bealiba led by these two, run and carry the ball well.

"They are a small and fast team and we need to be physical to stop their run," he said.

Hannett said a big plus for the Grasshoppers this season had been the work of the defence, led by Matt Newton, Jayden Folkes, Bryce Tickner and Harley McKenny and he expected they will be a key again in tomorrow's clash.

Navarre will be at full strength through the middle. Coach Daniel Parkin, Josh Driscoll, Daniel Reading, Nigel Greenaway and Brian Lovison will be looking to give the Navarre forwards first use of the ball.

Up forward Ash Driscoll has been the key with support from Hannett, while the return of Robinson and Kris Brennan adds to Navarre's forward strength.

Hannett said he was hopeful Ben Scott would also be available for tomorrow's clash.

"We believe we can beat them. It looms as a 50/50 game, but we are really looking forward to a good contest," he said.


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