TOM Regan knows his Bathurst Bushrangers Outlaws have a target on their back each time they take to the field, but that pressure only serves as motivation.
This Saturday when the Outlaws host the Dubbo Demons at George Park 2 in their fourth round Central West AFL match, Regan is determined to see the visitors denied.
If the Outlaws win they could potentially lead the competition, having missed their chance to do so last Saturday when falling to the Bathurst Giants.
“There's a general feeling around the league that everyone loves to beat the Bushrangers, unfortunately for us, because we've been successful over the years,” co-coach Regan said.
“Everyone loves to beat us, so I'm sure Dubbo will travel over quite well and be keen to beat us.
“We don't want to lose two in a row ... especially at home, it will be out first home game of the season and we'll have all our supporters down there.
“We’ve been training on it [new playing surface], it looks beautiful, it’s the best I’ve seen since I’ve been down here in Bathurst and I moved down in 2014. I've never seen it looking as nice as it does now.”
While the Outlaws posted an impressive win over club-mates the Rebels in round one and have also bettered Parkes this season, Dubbo has done it tougher.
In the first two weeks of the competition they conceded over 100 points in defeat against the Rebels and Orange Tigers, before scrapping home to beat Parkes by a goal.
Regan knows there is no room for complacency given the talent within the Demons’ ranks, but he feels that will not be an issue as his side will also be playing to honour the memory of a fellow Bushranger.
“We’ve underestimated them before and they’ve come out and given us a touch up - you just never know,” he said.
“But it’s also the anniversary of Zac Baker passing away, so we’ll have that to play for as well. I’m sure for Zac we can lift to the next level and I am very confident we can get over Dubbo in the end.”
The opening bounce will be at 12.30pm.