AN under-manned Spitfires takes to the Albury Hockey Centre today knowing its finals destiny rests in its own hands.
But injuries to Dom Wild and Henry Macqueen along with country representative duties for Ben Allen and Brandon Purtell won’t be used as an excuse by coach Andrew Maggs.
“We are light on numbers but we will have to tough it out,” he said at training on Thursday night.
“The squad we have is good enough we just won’t have the rotation off the bench.
“We’ll look to play 11 behind the ball and conserve energy where we can.
“The good thing is we are in fourth on our own at the moment, so if we keep winning we can’t be knocked out — our destiny is in our own hands.”
Maggs said the Spitfires would welcome back two gun players for the game against Yarra Valley.
“Simon Wright comes back into the side, while Matty Sawyer has also been rushed back for the weekend,” he said.
“Sawyer is a state league 150-gamer who looked like he was going to miss the year with a back injury but he played club hockey last weekend and he’ll come into the side as an SOS — he’s a quality player, finished third in the best and fairest last year but fitness will be an issue.”
Earlier this season the Spitfires defeated Yarra Valley at their home-ground 2-1.