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Joeys ready for ‘Town challenge

St Joseph’s and Newtown & Chilwell will renew acquaintances on Saturday. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

ST Joseph’s will be hoping to avoid a repeat to the opening of last year’s Rivalry Round clash with Newtown & Chilwell when the two teams meet at Drew Oval on Saturday.

The reigning premier had to dig itself out of the 24-point hole it found itself at the first change before going on to win by nine points at Elderslie Reserve.

“One thing we know with Newtown is they always come out to play when they play us,” coach Heath Jamieson, who revealed earlier this week he is stepping down at season’s end, said.

“Your mind only has to go back to quarter time last year where I think they kicked the first six goals against us when we were in pretty good form.

“The Newtown footy club generally lifts for this game, their form over the last three weeks has been super.

“We go in knowing we’re going to have our work cut out and hopeful that our form can be a little bit better than what it was before the bye.”

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After a disappointing loss to Leopold and a scratchy win over Grovedale in the fortnight leading up to the bye, Jamieson believed his players were looking for a break.

“I think we needed a freshen up, so we gave the boys all of last week off. Our first night back at training was Tuesday,” he said

“We made that decision looking at the players, after looking at how long last year went for and we started pre-season back when other sides did.

“The buzz around training this week’s been as good as it’s been for a month or two, so I believe, at this stage, it’s been good for us.

“But the proof will be in the pudding at 2 o’clock Saturday.”

Premiership star Riley Ferguson will return after the first half of his season was interrupted by work commitments.

However, Josh Hovey, James Hickey and Dan Capiron are still a few weeks away from returning from injury.

Twitter: @tom_king79

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