IN a recent appetiser to today’s Reserves preliminary final between South Mildura and Irymple, only two short weeks ago in round 18 the Bulldogs prevailed by a solitary point.
Today’s clash promises to be even more highly charged between two even, competitive and highly capable sides, with the reward of challenging Wentworth in next week’s decider.
It would be an understatement to suggest the Dogs had not brought their best game to Quandong Park last Saturday when they were belted by the Roos.
However, today they have the chance to regroup, make a stand and bite back hard.
After being stuck in the starting gates against an energetic Merbein last week, Irymple won plenty of admirers in their ability to steady, wrestle the game back on their terms, and work their way through with big forwards in Dustin Gordon, Damien Caristo and man mountain Andrew Ryan taking over in the second quarter onwards.
Both sides have strengthened their lineups from last week with big guns in big unit Paul McNulty set to terrorise the Irymple defence, and Tyler Curtis, who should be an automatic inclusion in any senior side, named this week.
Irymple have their inclusions with Glen Crisera, John Nicholls and premiership hero Daniel Seddon recovering in record time from a collarbone break.
Seddon’s class will be telling in such an important game.
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