THERE’S no shortage of motivation for Kangaroo Flat in Sunday’s Bendigo Football League clash with Golden Square at MyJet Oval.
For starters, there’s that much talked-about 13-year hoodoo Kangaroo Flat faces, with the Roos not having beaten the Bulldogs since round eight, 2001.
Then there’s the incentive to avenge their Good Friday capitulation against the Bulldogs earlier in the year when they blew a 27-point lead in the third quarter and lost by a goal.
But most importantly, with the Roos and Bulldogs both locked at 6-5, it’s a vital contest in the battle to secure a finals berth.
“It’s a huge game for the club,” Roos coach Jason Stevens said on Friday.
“Kangaroo Flat has always talked itself up as a rival of Golden Square, but it’s not a rivalry when a side has won for 13 years in a row.
“We should have won that game against them earlier in the season, but we need to win this one to keep that finals dream going.
“We’ve been flat over the past couple of weeks, but we think having had a good week on the track and trying to mix up a few things pre-match we can give a good account of ourselves.”
While the Roos have lost 27 in a row against Golden Square, they are gradually closing the gap, with their past three losing margins six, 22 and 19 points, while the overall average margin during the streak is 72 points.