Demons remain on their guard

Milawa’s Steven Williamson and Glenrowan’s Lachlan Cohen tangle in last year’s grand final. The Kelly Tigers and the Demons will lock horns again this week with the minor premiership likely to be on the line.

Milawa’s Steven Williamson and Glenrowan’s Lachlan Cohen tangle in last year’s grand final. The Kelly Tigers and the Demons will lock horns again this week with the minor premiership likely to be on the line.

MILAWA is refusing to take top spot on the Ovens and King league ladder for granted in the countdown to the finals.

Although the Demons and Saturday’s opponent Glenrowan have opened up a handy buffer on third-placed Tarrawingee, co-coach Luke O’Keefe said yesterday his players still had plenty of work to do.

“Glenrowan and Milawa are one and two at the moment but Tarrawingee is right on our hammer,” O’Keefe said.

“Any slip up and we will be back to third very quickly.

“We have a massive game against Glenrowan, then Bright at Bright followed by King Valley and Moyhu.

“Moyhu will be desperate to finish sixth so we haven’t got any easy games to come.”

Glenrowan, which comfortably defeated Milawa at W.J. Findlay Oval earlier in the season, will be brimming with confidence after overpowering Tarrawingee in the mud at Glenrowan last weekend.

The win dispelled any doubts about their ability to play in heavy conditions.

“A few of the areas where we thought we could get on top of them last year they have really shored up this season, particularly their midfield depth,” O’Keefe said.

“Glenrowan looks even across the board — they are a very good team.”

Tiger co-coach Nigel Robinson remains in doubt after spending time in hospital last weekend with an infection.

Milawa hopes to regain John Conroy and Brendan Gamze, while Scott Pell (ankle) has been out for more than a month and is a rough chance of returning for the top-of-the-table clash.

Tarrawingee faces a stern test to stay in the mix for a top-two spot when it comes up against Bright.

The Mountain Men are in fine form and Bulldog coach Kyle Raven will be hellbent on ensuring his team doesn’t suffer a letdown from last weekend’s loss to Glenrowan.

Whorouly should defeat King Valley, Moyhu will be too good for Greta, Goorambat takes on Bonnie Doon and Benalla All Blacks and North Wangaratta will be playing to avoid the wooden spoon.

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