MARYBOROUGH co-coach Jamie Bond says there’s no secret formula to the way the Magpies are approaching Saturday’s Bendigo Football League game against Kangaroo Flat.
Simply, Bond has told his players to go out there on Saturday and “play like last game”.
The Magpies take on the Roos at Princes Park on the back of their first win of the season a fortnight ago when they kicked 22 goals in a 59-point hiding of finals aspirant Kyneton.
“We just need to go out and play like we did last game... that’s the key for us on Saturday,” Bond said on Friday.
“Obviously, every game is different, but hopefully, the guys can produce like they did against Kyneton the other week.”
Last round’s win over the Tigers was strong reward for the Magpies, who endured a tough battle during the pre-season just to get enough players to field a side this year.
“It was obviously great for the guys to get a win and gives them a bit of belief that they can do it,” Bond said.
“It’s not a lot of fun when you’re losing all the time, so it was great to get some reward.”
The Magpies will now chase two wins in a row - a feat they haven’t achieved since defeating Castlemaine and Kangaroo Flat back-to-back in rounds 10 and 11, 2012.
Meanwhile, the Roos may have a stand-in coach on Saturday after Jason Stevens has been struck down with illness this week.
If Stevens is unable to coach the Roos, assistant Luke Freeman will be at the helm of Kangaroo Flat.
The Roos - who defeated the Magpies by 48 points in round one - will climb from sixth to a game clear in fourth position if they beat Maryborough.