REACHING the midway point of the Central West AFL season undefeated – that is the goal the Bathurst Bushrangers Rebels will be working to fulfil this Saturday.
The Rebels are the only side in the competition yet to drop a game and co-coach Matt Griffin hopes it will stay that way with a victory over the Dubbo Demons at George Park 2.
“We are very happy with how we have performed so far in the season. We still have a lot of things we think we can improve on as a team, obviously those cliched things like playing four quarters of football, I don’t think we’re quite there yet, and getting our midfield combinations clicking,” he said.
“But I’m very happy with what we’ve done so far.”
While Rebels will be favourites for Saturday’s match, Griffin is expecting the currently fourth-placed Demons to provide stiff competition.
“I think they might have been a couple short when they came across to play the Outlaws, and they are not know to travel well, but we’ll be expecting their best 22 this weekend,” he said.
“That’s really the only way you can set up. If you go into it thinking they are going to be an easy beat, then you’ll get caught out pretty quickly.
“They’ve got a couple of handy players, Jono Naden when he’s fit plays in the midfield. He’s a very talented player and one to watch.
“But we’ll focus on our own game. We’ll take our game to them, we won’t wait to see what they offer up.”
In the build up Rebels focused on hard running at training.
“We want to make sure we are playing out the games and not letting teams run over the top of us,” Griffin said.
Opening bounce is at 2.30pm at George Park 2.