K rock Football

Settling in period for Modda

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MODEWARRE co-coach John Meesen says the Good Friday clash with Torquay is another chance for the reigning premier to bed-in its new-look squad.

The Warriors have farewelled several key players from last year’s grand final-winning team, with recruits and members of the losing reserve grade grand final side filling their spots through the opening two rounds.

Among those making the most of chance early in the season after playing in the early game on the last day of the 2018 season are Scott Driscoll, Kane Timmins and Darcy French.

While recruits Ollie Butler, Craig Evans and former GWV Rebel Hasker Dawborn have also adjusted quickly to their new surroundings.

Dawborn was especially impressive in last week’s 14-point win over Anglesea with two goals.

“He’s probably been a natural defender throughout his juniors but has trained all summer as a forward, and he really wanted to play forward,” Meesen said.

“He’s looked quite good. He attacks the ball really strongly in the air, and he just competes.

“He throws his arms around and launches at the ball and hustles hard at ground level.

“So, for us, with Nathan Ablett and Josh McDonald out at the moment, him playing and competing up forward has been important to us.”

Modewarre will have to overcome a recent poor record against Torquay if it is to improve to 2-1.

The Warriors dropped both meetings with the Tigers last year and in 2017, with their last win against their Surf Coast Shire rivals coming in the 2016 elimination final.

And with the average margin 11 points across the last four meetings between the clubs, Meesen is expecting another fierce battle.

“They’re a quality outfit; well coached, great club, well structured off field, so you know they’re going to be professional every time they get out on the field,” he said.

“So, we’re not expecting an easy game at all. We’re expecting a tough, hard contest like it always is.”

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