OUTGOING Wangaratta Rovers coach Mick Caruso hopes Myrtleford brings out the best in the Hawks after a disappointing derby loss to Wangaratta on Sunday.
Caruso accused the Hawks of “not having a crack” against their fiercest rival and said he hoped a physical team like the Saints forced them into it.
Rovers are desperate to rebound from last weekend’s shock loss to the Pies, with an elimination final against North Albury looming.
“We just want to be more competitive than we were last week,” Caruso said.
“Myrtleford is a really good young, emerging side that has played some really good parts of games against quality opponents.
“They kicked something like the first five goals of the third quarter against Albury last week and we’ll certainly have to be good to beat them.”
Caruso said star onballer Jamie Sheahan was likely to return for the knockout final at McNamara Reserve next week after missing half the season with a chronic quad problem.