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Coutas urged to keep focus

Queenscliff coach Rory Nicol. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Marcel Berens)

QUEENSCLIFF coach Rory Nicol has urged his players to stay true to what it does well ahead of Saturday’s clash with Portarlington.

Sitting outside the top five on percentage following last week’s impressive win over Geelong Amateur, the winless Demons may be seen by some as easy pickings for the Coutas.

However, Nicol knows if his team shows Portarlington anything other than respect, it could come back to bite Queenscliff on the backside.

“We’ve just got to stick to what we do well and what we represent … we just need to focus on that,” he said.

“If you start worrying about percentage and getting ahead of yourself, Portarlington will jump us.

“Portarlington has improved; they’re better than they were last year.

“We certainly won’t be taking them lightly.”

Nicol said it would also provide another opportunity for some players to solidify their spot in the senior team.

“We’ve had to make some hard decisions in regards to selection, which he haven’t had so far this year,” he said.

“There were a few injuries out of our game (against Amateur), so it’s another opportunity for guys to come up and have a crack.

“The guys that will miss this weekend will be back the weekend after, at this stage.

“The motivation for the players will be to keep their spot in the side.”

Tom Limb, who played his 200th game against Ammos, will be missing with a hand issue.

“Tommy played the second half with a broken hand or a really bad sprain,” Nicol said.

“We’re not sure yet (of the damage); he’s going in for scans today.”

Jonty Rush (quad) will also be sidelined, while decisions will need to be made on Nick Maishman (leg) and Geelong Falcons-listed Will Baker.

“We had a really good response from our 12 o’clock side,” Nicol said.

“They played really well on the weekend, and a few players put their hand up that we sent back.

“Even though we’ve got a couple of guys we need to rest this weekend, we’ll have some hard decisions to make at selection this week, which is pleasing for the club and showing we’ve got a little bit of depth there.”

MEANWHILE, the AFL Barwon Tribunal will enjoy a week off after Ammos’ Jack Scarlett and Newcomb’s Kieren Bourke accepted two-week suspensions for weekend incidents.

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