KANGAROO Flat coach Jason Stevens has implored his team not to rely on star recruit Brendan Fevola to win the Roos the game in their Good Friday clash with Golden Square.
Despite not having beaten Golden Square since 2001, the Roos go into the game as favourite on the back of Fevola’s involvement, a 2-0 record this season and the absence of Golden Square stars Corey Jones and Rick Ladson.
While Stevens is confident his side can snap its Golden Square hoodoo, he knows it will take a four-quarter performance from his entire squad to get the job done.
“We all know what Fev is capable of doing on the footy field, but we can’t just focus on Fev,’’ Stevens said.
“We’ve got to be smart the way we play. We have some talented forwards in our own right and there’s no point kicking it to Fev all the time if he’s three on one.
“We’re confident we’ll play well, but we respect what Golden Square is going to bring to the contest.
“A patchy effort won’t be good enough against Golden Square. We need to play well for four quarters or we won’t get the job done.”
The Roos have battled to match it with the BFNL’s best for more than a decade.
You could mount a strong case that the Good Friday home game is the Roos’ biggest day since the 2001 finals series.
Stevens is well aware what the day means to the club.
“For us as a football club it’s a real chance to showcase what the club is all about,’’ Stevens said.
“We’ve come a long way in the past couple of years. We haven’t had great crowds, but this game is a chance for people to come and support the club.
“Hopefully, we get a great crowd to the game and we put in a competitive performance against the benchmark of the competition.
“It will be an exciting day for the club.”
Gates open at Beck Legal Oval from 1pm, with the senior game to start at 6.15pm.
Kangaroo Flat president Rob Clohesy said the club has done an enormous amount of work to make the night a memorable one.
‘’The Fevola project has been six months in the making and the players are thrilled by what we are planning for Friday night,'' he said.
"Off the field Fev will be signing autographs, there will be a jumping castle for the kids as well as an Auskick clinic prior to the main game.
"Patrons are reminded that no cars will be allowed in to the ground. As part of the night there will be an auction of AFL memorabilia during the half time break It should be a wonderful night for our football club.’’