BELL Park will put the improvement of Colac Tigers’ defence to the test this weekend in Geelong Football League.
The Dragons ran riot up forward during the teams’ last encounter in round two en route to a 68-point win that included 42 scoring shots to 19.
The good news for the Tigers is that last year’s Bell Park’s grand final best-on-ground medallist Charlie Hallam, who did most of the damage against the Tigers in round two with six goals, has since parted ways with the club.
But Colac coach Matt Gibson said Hallam was just one player on Bell Park’s list who could cause damage.
“They’ve still got a really dangerous side and all of them can hurt you pretty quick,” he said.
“We’ve just got to make sure we keep all their players in check, they’ve got a good spread right across the board.”
The return of captain Dan Jeffreys will boost the Tigers after he missed the past two games with soreness, and fill the void of Mick Davis who is unavailable.
Gibson also hopes midfielder Liam McGuane will return after he was a late withdrawal with a leg injury, and Jay Baulch is likely to return and cause selection headaches.
The Tigers have begun to hit their straps in recent weeks, winning four of their past five games, and Gibson hoped their form would continue at Central Reserve tomorrow.
“You’d like to think we’ve improved since we last played Bell Park, in that game they just worked a lot harder when they had the ball, our defensive side of our game was really poor,” he said.
And they ended up with about 40 scoring shots which tells me we’re not working hard enough.
“We’re playing a bit better footy than we were back then but they’re probably in the same boat.
“They’re one of the yardstick teams of the competition, we have to compete hard against and not get blown out of the water.”