Bulldogs’ bite sharp: Cerato

RIVERINA FOOTBALL LEAGUE

TURVEY Park captain-coach Chris Cerato is confident the Bulldogs are well-placed to register their second win of the season at Maher Oval today.

The ninth-placed Bulldogs will take on eighth-placed Narrandera with Turvey Park hopeful of converting some good recent form into a win.

A goal after the siren cost Turvey Park victory against Griffith three weeks ago, then the Bulldogs matched it with competition heavyweight Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong for the first half last weekend.

Turvey Park pushed the reigning premier earlier in the year when going down by 16 points and Cerato gives his team a big chance the second time around today.

“We give ourselves a bit of a chance,” Cerato said yesterday.

“In saying that, their team has changed tenfold since then, too.

“I think they had something like 13 injuries last time so I don’t really know what to expect but I’m sure they will have a few more senior players back in their side this time.

“Going off results like Griffith though we’ve got to give ourselves a chance.”

Turvey Park will welcome back ruckman Evan Smith, along with young guns Jesse Cunningham and Zac Masterson.

Tyler Cunningham and Dusty Brown are also likely to get the call-up from reserve grade with the loss of Tom Marlow (hamstring), Vaughan Winnel (unavailable) and Hayden Dore in doubt.

While happy with Turvey Park’s form of late, Cerato said there was still plenty to work on if the Bulldogs were to be successful today.

“We’ve got to work on getting our hands on the footy,” Cerato said.

“We haven’t been winning many centre clearances lately, either, so we need to start getting our hands on it, then be doing something with it going forward.”

Cerato said the Bulldogs would be out to stem the influence of co-coach Jim Rice, Glenn Currie, Kurt Masters and Jim Kickett.

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