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Tigers look to stay in race

Mitch Chafer is Grovedale’s leading goalkicker with 13 goals for the season. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GROVEDALE coach Daniel Fraser has left his players in doubt about the importance of Saturday’s clash with Bell Park.

The loser of the clash at Burdoo Reserve will find themselves with a 1-5 record – a mark that no team in GFL history has recovered from to make finals.

However, the Tigers and Dragons only have to look back to 2019 for an example of a team turning its season around from 1-4, with St Mary’s overcoming a horror start to go on and win a famous premiership from fifth spot.

“You would prefer not to be in this situation, but it’s another game worth four points,” Fraser said.

“If we can get a win on the board Saturday, it will be a step in the right direction towards the end of the year.

“It’s a very important game.”

Fraser believes a lack of continuity has impacted Grovedale in the first month of the season.

“We’ve been good in patches but not good enough for long enough,” he said.

“There’s been a lot of talk in the group that we’ve just got to be better for longer.

“Our best footy’s been OK. But it’s been a quarter here, a quarter there, or five minutes here.

“We’ve just got to put it together for a full four quarters.”

Sharing a forward line for the first time together last week, returning great Jordan Erskine and reigning league-leading goalkicker Tom Gillett, in his first match of the season, were held goalless by the St Mary’s defence.

Fraser concedes that a forward line containing Erskine, Gillett, and Cam Delaney will take some time to sync.

“If we can get it working the way we want to get it working, I think it’s going to be hard for opposition teams to combat,” he said.

“There’s certainly of getting them to work together.

“Tom’s coming in late, Jordan’s come back to us this year, so they need to be more familiar with each other.

“With more game time, we think that will happen.”

Grovedale hopes to include Geelong Falcon Brady Ferguson for the clash.

However, Werribee-listed midfielder Marty Brennan will remain sidelined with a foot injury that hasn’t seen him play since before Easter.

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