Barellan fullback and club president, Jeff Mickan, says Saturday’s derby against the Northern Jets is massive for the Two Blues, who are chasing consecutive victories for the first time since their return to the Farrer League three-and-a-half years ago.
The Two Blues knocked off The Rock-Yerong Creek before last week’s bye. They sit eighth on the ladder but are only two wins outside the top five.
“It’s really important,” Mickan said. “We see that our run home is better than the first half of the year and there’s a chance to win a few games. We need to win a few games to get our cause out in the football public that we can be a contender this year and in the future.
“But even this year, if we can win our next few, you never know, but we’ll concentrate on this week.”
Mickan said their loss to the Jets earlier in the year was their best performance against their neighbours and the club is primed for a big occasion on a day when they’ll celebrate a 20-year reunion of their 1998 victory in the Northern Riverina League. That was the last of five straight flags during a golden era for the Two Blues.
The Jets are without one of their Darwin trio, with Jacon Lampton booked some time ago to have this weekend at home.
The Two Blues’ midfield effort will again be led by Sean Ellis, who has been a massive addition this season.
“He’s been good. He’s been really good,” Mickan said.
“I suppose from our point of view. we haven’t had enough good players around him to really benefit from him. He gets targetted by the opposition every week. But what he’s given us has been excellent.”
Losing another Canberra-based midfielder/forward, Mal Fernie, after one game this year was a blow. But Barellan have already matched their 2017 effort of two wins and Ellis looks set to help them improve on that, and play a role in shaping the finals picture in the run home.