Thunder to relish open spaces of QEO

Bendigo Thunder coach Russell Jeffrey.

Bendigo Thunder coach Russell Jeffrey.

BENDIGO Thunder coach Russell Jeffrey believes his side will be better suited to the wide expanses of the Queen Elizabeth Oval when they play their first game at the ground on Saturday.

The Thunder will meet Melbourne Uni at the QEO in round four of the Victorian Women’s Football League.

The game from 11.30am will be a curtain-raiser to the Bendigo v Gippsland inter-league match.

The Thunder have endured a difficult initiation into the premier league, failing to score in either of their first two games against reigning premier Darebin and VU St Albans, which were defeats by a combined 471 points.

And another tough game looks ahead against the unbeaten Melbourne Uni.

“The QEO is a big ground and for us, a lot of our girls have a bit of pace, so hopefully, they can get out into the wide open spaces and we can feed them a bit of the footy,” Jeffrey said on Friday.

“We’re expecting the squad we put out on Saturday will be our strongest team of the season so far, which is a positive.

“The girls have been working really hard at training on their tackling, defensive set-ups and ruck work and all we’re seeking at the moment is small levels of improvement... I suppose one thing we’ve got to do for a start is get a score on the board.”

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