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Embrace the challenge: Nicol

Newcomb coach Rory Nicol addresses his players at three-quarter time of the Power’s win over Ocean Grove. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

NEWCOMB coach Rory Nicol has called on his players to embrace the challenge of taking on BFL powerhouse Geelong Amateur as the Power looks continue its unbeaten start to 2019.

However, he won’t be losing too much sleep if Newcomb can’t claim its first win – and only second overall – at Queen’s Park since 1998.

“From my point-of-view, and I spoke to them at half time against Port, we’ve already won the same amount of games as last year,” Nicol said.

“There’ll be an external expectation, but we’re pretty comfortable where we sit internally.

“We know we’re not going to win every game of footy, but this week’s an opportunity to beat a club that’s rarely outside the top five in the last 20 years.

“We’ve got an opportunity to compete, and, hopefully, get ourselves in a position to win the game late.

“If we can do that, great. If we can’t, we‘ll go away and learn from it, get better, and compete again the week after.”

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Nicol was an interested spectator at Howard Harmer Oval last Saturday as Ammos snuck past Barwon Heads by two points thanks to a goal after-the-siren from Mitch Day.

They’ve got some good kids that can really use the footy on the outside,” he noted.

“They’ve got some old heads like (Brad) Surkitt and (Jarrod) Young that are hard and tough in at the coalface.

“They’ve got some really good defenders in (Wade) McSparron, (Bradley) King and (Daniel) Lovick. They’ve got Day obviously.

“A really good blend of youth and experience. I’m really keen to see how we stack up against them.”

Nicol revealed Richie Hollins will get the first crack at restricting Day’s influence.

Day has kicked 74 goals in his previous seven meetings with Newcomb, including seven in his only appearance against the Power in 2018.

“We were hoping he would get a crack at him last year, but he got injured.

“It’s a big challenge for Richie. He didn’t get a bag on the weekend but just bobbed up at the right times.

“We’re not Day focused. And I don’t think Geelong Amateur is anymore.

“They’ve got a good spread of people that can kick goals and give them scoring opportunities.”

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