Break to test the Bloods

Tocumwal coach Danny Kirchen.

Tocumwal coach Danny Kirchen.

TOCUMWAL coach Danny Kirchen admits the Bloods’ 21-day break leading into Saturday’s crunch clash with Strathmerton isn’t ideal but said the club was embracing the challenge.

Tocumwal hasn’t played since May 17.

Last week’s bye followed the interleague break and Kirchen admitted he didn’t know how his troops would handle it.

“We could come out firing or flat, I’m not really sure,” he said.

“I don’t think it’s really ideal.

“It’s probably good for the older blokes but the younger guys need that continuity.

“Either way, it will be a really good test for us.”

Kirchen said the Bloods would be “pretty much” at full-strength for their clash with second-placed Strathmerton.

“I think we might match up well against them,” he said.

“We played them in the night series and have come up with a few plans how to combat their run.”

In other matches this week, ladder leader Jerilderie takes on Picola United.

Mathoura hosts Blighty and Berrigan travels to Deniliquin to take on the Rovers.

Yarroweyah has the bye.

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