Dragons to put heat on Barbarians

FOCUSED: Bendigo Dragons linebacker Luke Rosengarten and defensive back Thomas Prince ahead of the big gridrion clash at home. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

FOCUSED: Bendigo Dragons linebacker Luke Rosengarten and defensive back Thomas Prince ahead of the big gridrion clash at home. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

THE Dragons will look to put on a show on Saturday night when they play their first game of 2014 on Bendigo turf. 

The Dragons are set to play the Monash Barbarians in the first of three Gridiron Victoria matches to be played in the city. 

Bendigo is in third spot on Gridiron Victoria's conference A ladder, having won games against the Melbourne Uni Royals, Berwick Miners and the South Eastern Predators. 

This season the Bendigo Dragons moved up into Gridiron Victoria's top division.

Bendigo Dragons' Dave Barker said the team was looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd. 

"Like with any sport, playing in front of your home crowd is a huge benefit to the playing group," he said. 

"Knowing that you have all the support on the sidelines really brings out that extra intensity in the players."

Barker said the team had been building over the past couple of games. 

"The key will be to continue on with the from we have showed over the past few weeks," Barker said. 

"Every week things are changing in the game plan, but I know the players will certainly be looking to bring their best for the Bendigo crowd and chalk up another win."

Barker said the team was aiming to score a win over the Barbarians after they defeated Bendigo in last year's play-offs. 

"It will be great to get one back on them," he said. 

Barker encouraged the people of Bendigo and surrounding regions to get behind them on Saturday night. 

"Its going to be a huge night of sport. 

"If last year is anything to go by we are expecting another huge crowd. 

"We urge anyone looking for something new and exciting to watch, to make sure they come along and cheer on the Dragons."

The clash is at Tom Flood Sports Centre in Barnard Street from 7pm. 

Entry is a gold coin donation with all the proceeds going to the Give Me 5 for Kids campaign, which aims to raise money for the children's ward at Bendigo Health. 

Croydon Rangers play Geelong Buccaneers in the curtain-raiser from 4pm.

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