Ball in Hoppers’ court

RENNIE coach Ryan Forsyth says the Hoppers can’t afford to drop Saturday’s danger game against Katandra.

Rennie, second on the ladder, has a six-point gap on Shepparton East after East’s shock draw with Waaia last round.

With a top-three spot all important entering finals, Forsyth said the clash with the fifth-placed Kats was crucial.

“We’re fairly wary of our run home,” he said.

“It looks challenging and we can’t afford to drop this.

“Obviously, Katandra has proven itself a very good side.

“We only got them by a point last time.”

The Hoppers, who were without a host of key names in their win over Dookie United last weekend, should regain a few this week and that could be the difference.

“It looks like a tough week at selection,” Forsyth said.

“We want to keep rewarding the guys showing up and playing well.”

In other South East games this week, Katamatite will be keen to bounce back from last week’s poor showing against Tungamah with a strong effort when it takes on a vulnerable Shepparton East.

Dookie United hosts Tungamah and Waaia travels to Katunga.