Lake Albert coach Mitch Tinnock is facing a welcome selection headache ahead of the Sharks’ Friday night clash with South Wagga.
The Pascoe Cup ladder leaders remain undefeated after eight rounds and a fully fit squad means Tinnock will have to wield the axe on in-form players.
“The starting team isn’t settled up yet and for the first time all season, we’ve got all our players available for selection,” Tinnock said.
“We’ve had people filling in for first grade and playing well enough to force regulars starters into second grade when they come back.”
The overall club form of Lake Albert is a bonus as finals footy begins to creep around the corner but sacrifices will have to be made.
“It just means selections are week by week and we’re going to have to put some good players on the bench this weekend,” Tinnock said.
A 4-1 win over Wagga United lifted the Sharks before the break and Tinnock is keen to keep the momentum going.
“We’ve been working on our passing and a few structural things that we’re trying to build on but we’re pretty happy with how everything’s been going,” he said.
The ninth-placed Warriors present an unseen challenge for the Sharks but have struggled in the first half of the season.
Tinnock is nonetheless approaching the game with caution.
“The only time I’ve seen them play was against Tumut and I don’t know a huge amount about them,” he said.
“Obviously they’ve got some pacey players and they’ll play to the best of their ability … but I think we can come away with a good result.”
South Wagga utility Thomas Mathewson said the Warriors were “feeling good” after the break but admitted the year had been a “bit of a learning process”
“We’ve got a young team out there and we’re still learning,” he said.
Mathewson is expecting a “tough” game against the undefeated Sharks but reckons his side will improve from their 5-3 loss to Tumut before the general bye.