Hoppers going better

HIS own team is unbeaten, but Tungamah coach Nick Doyle has labelled Rennie the form team of the competition ahead of Saturday’s Picola South East blockbuster at Tungamah.

The Bears host the in-form Hoppers in a battle between the league’s top-two teams.

Tungamah has won its opening nine games but Doyle said Rennie, which has won six on the trot after dropping its first three, was in better shape entering Saturday’s contest.

“I know we haven’t lost a game but they are really getting it together,” he said.

“They probably had a few travellers and that early, who hadn’t really played together, but their structures and setups all look like they’re coming into place.

“We always knew they’d be a good side when that happened.”

But Doyle is understandably confident.

“We haven’t been playing our best footy but we’re still winning,” he said.

“We’ve had a few out.

“We need to get our defensive side right first and then hopefully the rest comes.”

In a major boost, former Richmond-listed player Kyle Archibald will come back into the Bears’ team.