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Tigers burning bright

Colac coach Rowan McSparron addresses his players earlier in the season. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

THOSE of us who thought the GFL was, at best, a two-horse race have been given something else to think about with Colac’s 42-point win over the previously the unbeaten St Joseph’s.

The victory, which snapped Joeys’ 11-match winning streak that stretched back to last year’s first semi-final, came despite the Tigers missing some key players, including VFL listed duo Campbell Floyd and Cooper Stephens.

“Paul Presani was still a bit tender, so we didn’t risk him,” co-coach Rowan McSparron said.

“And same with Patty Seal. He was a little bit sore from the week previous as well.

“There was a couple of other blokes who missed out, but we understand Joeys were in the same boat as well.

“Being only Round 9, you want to make sure your players are healthy at the back end of the year.”

Importantly, veteran forward Jake McGuane showed how valuable he still is inside 50 when fit following a five-goal haul.

A calf injury has limited him to just five matches in the first half of 2019.

“We’ve been pretty cautious with him as he’s getting older,” McSparron said.

“He had the first soft tissue injury of his career, so we’re pretty mindful of his workload and not overdoing it because he’s pretty valuable to our structure going forward.”

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Colac will look to consolidate its spot inside the top three when it travels to fourth-placed Leopold on Saturday.

The Tigers were too good for the Lions by 54 points in the opening round of the season.

“They’re going to be pretty hard to beat out there,” McSparron said.

“But if we bring the style of footy we played on Saturday, we’re going to give ourselves every chance of being right in the game deep.

“It’s all that we can hope for.”

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