A COUPLE of heated losses to East Wagga-Kooringal at the end of last year will provide Coleambally with motivation for Saturday’s round five clash.
The Hawks beat the Blues in consecutive games last year that set up a straight sets departure from finals for Coleambally.
Blues coach Mitch Carroll has not forgotten the losses.
“We’re getting a bit of a rivalry between each other,” Carroll said.
“I don’t think the boys need much motivation, especially with the hiding they gave us last year to finish off.
“We played well against them last year at home so hopefully we can repeat that.”
Coleambally will enter the home game full of confidence after casting aside Northern Jets by 49 points last weekend.
The Hawks are also in form and undefeated after four rounds.
“If we can bring that form into Saturday, we could do anything,” Carroll said.
“We haven’t got a heap of depth so the key is to keep everyone on the paddock. If we can do that, we’re a good chance of being a top three side and beating these sides.
“They’re definitely up and going so this is a good challenge for us.”
Coleambally lose young tall Lachlan Evans for the season due to a dislocated ankle, while in-form forward Adam Norton is set to leave for an eight-week work contract in Perth.
The Blues will look to bring in Todd Clark, John Evans and Jimmy Star for Saturday’s clash.
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