AS THE finals loom closer, Leeton-Whitton face another big test this weekend.
The Crows will hit the road to take on Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong, who have been one of the quiet achievers of the competition this year.
Currently sitting in third, the Lions have been one of the top contenders for the majority of the season.
Leeton-Whitton coach Jade Hodge said there were a slick outfit.
“They’ve been right up there and one of the sides who have really pushed (top-placed) Griffith,” he said.
“It’s going to be a really hard one, especially over there.
“They are very good at contested footy and a couple of their midfielders are really hard at the ball.
“Their style of footy is very similar to ours.”
Two of the men Hodge said the Crows will need to shut down on Saturday is ruckman Jacob Olson and teenage full-forward Riley Corbett.
Last time the two sides met was in round seven when the Crows lost 13.12-90 to 11.10-76 at Leeton Showground.
“Last time we played them I was pretty disappointed with our effort,” Hodge said.
“We were down by seven or eight goals at three-quarter time and came home with a wet sail.
“We shouldn’t have let ourselves get that far behind to start with.”
The Crows will likely welcome back three experienced senior leaders to the team on Saturday, with Bryce O’Garey, Jimmy Nancarrow and Isaac Houghton also expected to make a return.
Following the clash with the Lions, the Crows have two games remaining against Coolamon and Turvey Park ahead of the finals.
Hodge said going into finals footy, the team wanted to have momentum behind them as they look to defend last year’s drought-breaking premiership.
They are very good at contested footy and a couple of their midfielders are really hard at the ball.Leeton-Whitton coach Jade Hodge
He said it was still very much “one week at a time” and the Crows would need to first get the job done against GGGM.
“They are a quality side and we have to be beating these teams now because it’s who we are going to be coming up against in the finals,” Hodge said.
“For one it gives us the confidence going forward.
“Two, I’ve been saying all year on our day that we can beat anyone and that’s what we want to do.”
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