Chastened Lakers hungry to atone

YARRAWONGA-Mulwala coach Lee Fraser admits his team is jumping out of its skin to take on Rovers United today.

The Lakers suffered their first defeat of the season against City Colts a fortnight ago.

With last weekend’s round called off due to the heat, Fraser said the extra week to stew on the loss had only fuelled the Lakers to perform today.

“We’re definitely ready to get back out there,” he said.

“It was very disappointing to have last week called off, we were hoping to get into the one-day final, but that’s behind us now and it wasn’t to be.”

Fraser said the Lakers weren’t overly concerned about their loss to the Colts.

“We’re certainly not panicking or anything like that,” he said.

“They’re a good side and we had a bad day.”

The Lakers’ skipper said his team had one major goal against Rovers.

“We’ve drawn a line in the sand and just need to get back to what we do,” Fraser said.

“We always want to bat our overs out.

“That’s our strength.”

Elsewhere, Myrtleford (third) and Corowa (sixth) face off in a finals-shaping battle at McNamara Reserve.

The loser of Beechworth’s clash with Wangaratta can kiss its season goodbye, while Rutherglen United can all but assure Greta of the wooden spoon in the battle of the cellar dwellers.

Colts should prove too strong for Whorouly-Gapsted, while Bruck has the bye.

In other news, Yarrawonga-Mulwala will host a continuous 24-hour net session from 5pm today to raise money for the Yarrawonga hospital.

Cricket club members will do the bulk of the batting and bowling, but space will be allocated to members of the public who want to participate.

Participants will be asked to find sponsorship for each ball.

The club will also host a Twenty 20 match between footballers and cricketers.

Former AFL superstar Brendan Fevola will feature in the football team, captained by Yarrawonga champion Craig Ednie.

It starts at 10.30am on Australia Day.