TIGER TIME: Rovers Nicklaus Becker attempts to bring Tigers’ Mitchell Godfrey to the ground.TIGERS’ utility Greg Warren has admitted his side will be without key personnel as they look to get their Mount Isa AFL season back on track when they face the Buffaloes at Legend Oval tomorrow. After succumbing to the Buffaloes by 75 points last time, the Tigers will be looking for a more competitive effort. But the Buffaloes will have an improved showing on their mind after blowing a five-goal lead in last week’s loss to Rovers.
Following a heart-breaking loss last week, Buffaloes will be determined to get back in the winner’s circle when they meet Tigers at Legend Oval tomorrow.
The Buffaloes surrendered a five-goal lead in the third quarter, ultimately falling four-points short thanks to a stirring Rovers fight back.
This week, their assignment comes in the form of the rested Tigers, who sat out last weekend’s round of matches due to Lake Nash taking part in a representative carnival.
Tigers’ utility Greg Warren admitted his side may be hampered by work commitments.
“There’s a 14-day shutdown on site today, so we’ve got six blokes who’ve got work but also a couple of injuries,” he said.
Despite the absence of several players, Warren was adamant the team would be no walkovers.
“We’ll be all right, we’ll certainly be competitive,” he said.
“We want to get out on the park and have a really good hit out with them (Buffaloes).”
Last time the teams faced off was Julia Creek Dirt N Dust weekend, which saw both teams affected by player availability.
Warren said it was frustrating his side wasn’t able to field a full strength team against Buffaloes, but was confident of building continuity as the season wore on.
“We should be able to build up a bit over the coming weeks,” he said.
“Hopefully next time around everyone’s available.”
In the round’s other fixture, Rovers tackle Lake Nash Young Guns in their first meeting of the season.
Remarkably, Lake Nash have played just one game this season following a string of forfeits.
Rovers will be looking to keep their undefeated season intact, and move to four wins from four starts.
Mount Isa AFL Association round five fixture
12.30pm Tigers v Buffaloes
2.30pm Rovers v Lake Nash Young Guns
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