FOCUS: Forth’s Josh Kirkwood gets a kick in his side’s game against Wesley Vale. Picture: Katrina Dodd.AT A time when some clubs are stretched for players, Rosebery Toorak is in an encouraging position of having a good roll-up and is intent on building on the progress made last year when it narrowly missed out on a spot in the North Western Football Association finals.
Playing coach Duncan Murfet said the club was in its best position for a while and the coaching staff have put players on notice that unless they are prepared to commit to training, there will be no guarantee of a game each week.
“Hopefully, this will convince the players they have to improve on an individual level to hold their spots in the team,” Murfet said.
Although Murfet is not expecting immediate results, Rosebery Toorak’s improvement will be assessed at Maidstone Park, tomorrow, against a Spreyton team that will be on the rebound from last Saturday’s 10-point loss to East Ulverstone.
That was East Ulverstone’s second win from as many games and the Crows will be keen to make the perfect start to the season under new coach Zane King against Wesley Vale.
Although Wesley Vale is yet to win a game, the Kangaroos have been competitive and, on their home ground tomorrow, will make East Ulverstone work hard for the points.
Sheffield stepped straight into third spot on the ladder after its season debut 107-point win over West Ulverstone, last Saturday, in what was a rehearsal for tomorrow’s match against ladder leader Motton Preston.
The inclusion of some of Mole Creek’s premiership players from last year, such as Shannon Mulvey and Michael Westbrook, has given some bite to a Robins team that on paper looks a finals prospect.
Motton Preston also seems likely to again be in the finals action in September and, in front of Sheffield’s home crowd, the contest should provide its share of highlights.
In the final match of the round at Turners Beach, Forth should be untroubled to take the points against a depleted Seagulls’ side, which was well beaten by Motton Preston last weekend.
Forth, on the other hand, had too many scoring options for Wesley Vale, to win by 38 points, and should confirm its growing status as a potential finals team.
West Ulverstone has the bye.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.