East enters the matchup as an underdog

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TIGER TROUBLE: North Gambier will look to outrun East Gambier when the Tigers host the Bulldogs in tomorrow’s Western Border Round 6 football clash. Photo: James Murphy

James Murphy

GAMBIER NORTH v GAMBIER EAST

NORTH Gambier were unfazed by the Cats last week and will continue another strong performance at home against East Gambier tomorrow.

On the other hand, the Bulldogs would be disappointed with their loss to reigning Premier Millicent in the final round.

They established a solid foundation in their home deck with a four-goal quarter-time lead, but crumbled under the pressure to score just one more goal for the game.

With just one win on the board, they will have one more point to prove this week as they look for a much-needed boost of confidence.

However, that won’t be easy against the Tigers, who showed exceptional form against the Cats last week.

North had struggled to find four solid football quarterbacks before this game, but excelled in all areas of the pitch to leave the Victorians in their dust.

Sam Stafford was a spearhead up front with a six-goal sack and best-on-the-ground honors.

He will have to be stopped if the Bulldogs are to stay within reach tomorrow.

The likes of Justin McConnell, Nick Blachut and Nick McInerney also had hot boots in front of goal.

For the East, co-trainer Matt Scanlon and Garret Ha were the top targets in the front 50, but Mark Rumbelow started to find his groove again last week with a few majors.

It will be a big day for North as the new women’s facilities building is officially opened, while the club will hold an auction night after senior football.

The Tigers will be eager to put on a show in front of a home crowd and should have plenty to celebrate at the end of the day.

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