STRATHFIELDSAYE coach Darryl Wilson is confident his players won’t get caught up in Lachlan Sharp closing in on the 100-goal mark and look for the star forward at all costs on Saturday in a bid to try to get to the milestone as quick as possible.
Sharp goes into Saturday’s clash against Kangaroo Flat at Dower Park on 96 goals – 32 of which have come in his past three games.
“To be honest, we haven’t spoken about it at all, and given there are still three rounds left in the home and away season, it’s not really a concern if it happens tomorrow or later on,” Wilson said.
“It would be nice if it could happen for Sharpy on Saturday, but winning the game is more important and I’m sure Sharpy is thinking the same way.”
The last player to kick a Bendigo league century in the home and away season was Golden Square’s Grant Weeks with 148 in 2012.
Since dropping an uncharacteristic two games in a row to Golden Square and Eaglehawk, the Storm have hit back with scores of 176, 162 and 150 in three big wins.
They have included two Bendigo Pioneer-listed players in Matthew Harvey and Wade Donnan, who will make his senior debut for the club, while Victoria Country under-19 representative Jake Moorhead returns.
“They are three good inclusions for us and will give us some more pace in the side,” Wilson said.
Three omissions are Tom Dowd, who is unavailable, and Jordan Formosa and Jamieson Sheahan, who both have shoulder injuries.
Kangaroo Flat has a key inclusion in Mitch Collins, who kept Sharp to two goals in the Roos’ 67-point loss to Strathfieldsaye in round seven.
The Roos are coming off a 52-point defeat to Kyneton last week in a game they competed strongly in for two-and-a-half quarters.