Tigers getting stronger in run to finals

KATAMATITE coach Tyson Saunders says the Tigers have plenty to be excited about in the lead up to the finals, with several key names still to return to the team.

Katamatite sits third on the South East ladder after 13 rounds and can further cement its spot in the top three with a win over Dookie United on Saturday.

The Tigers jumped into double-chance contention with a shock win over Shepparton East a fortnight ago.

“If we continue to look after what we’re doing, the other results won’t matter,” Saunders said.

“We haven’t had a full list to pick from since round two, so it’s exciting that we’re in that position without having a full team.

“We just need to keep winning games — and this week is no different, if we can do that our spot in the top three is cemented.”

Andrew Taylor (osteitis pubis), star recruit Tom Elliott (adductor) and Saunders (stress fracture) are still to come back into the Tigers’ team.

Graeme and Jeff Younger should return this week after being unavailable last round.

Shepparton East will be desperate to bounce back with a win over Katunga, while Tungamah should continue on its merry way against Katandra.

Rennie, which is shaping as the Bears’ biggest challenger, travels to Waaia.

In the North West, Berrigan will be out to win back respect after copping a 135-point hiding from Strathmerton last weekend.

There’s just one problem — the Saints come up against fierce rival and league powerhouse Jerilderie.

Blighty hosts Picola United, while Tocumwal will be hoping to back up last week’s 94-point thumping of United with another win over Mathoura.

Strathmerton will have too much firepower for Yarroweyah.

Deniliquin Rovers have the bye.