Big clash for Roos, Tigers

Kangaroo Flat coach Jason Stevens.
Kangaroo Flat coach Jason Stevens.

KANGAROO Flat v Kyneton - it has hardly been a marquee Bendigo Football League match-up for the best part of 20 years.

The Roos and Tigers have long been perennial battlers of the BFL, with their games against each other usually only attracting any attention outside of the club supporters if there's wooden-spoon ramifications involved.

But on Saturday, the two clubs face off at Beck Legal Oval in what's arguably their most important clash against each other since the 1996 grand final when the Roos beat the Tigers by six points to capture their sole senior BFL premiership so far.

While both clubs have been more accustomed to being down the lower end of the ladder in recent years - although, Kangaroo Flat did make a preliminary final in 2009 - this season they both share genuine finals aspirations.

After claiming the wooden spoon last year, the Roos sit fifth on the ladder after seven rounds with a 4-3 record, while the Tigers (3-4) are a game outside the top five in their senior return season. 

"There has been very few big games between Kyneton and Kangaroo Flat that I can recall over the past 10 years, but this one is really big for both clubs," Kangaroo Flat coach Jason Stevens said.

"Both clubs have started really well and probably above the expectations of a lot of people, so it's a really big contest.

"We've had a big emphasis internally on winning the games against the sides around our mark and we certainly put Kyneton in that area.

"Finals is our goal and to get there we need to be winning games like this, especially at home."

The Roos are coming off a 107-point hiding from Strathfieldsaye last game, but have already shown once this season the ability to rebound from such heavy losses.

The Roos were also beaten by 107 points by Sandhurst in round five, before bouncing back the following week to defeat South Bendigo by 44 points.

Kangaroo Flat is hopeful midfield recruit Corey Greer (groin) will return to the side this week, while the Roos have lost defender Dylan Clohesy (knee) and Liam Collins (arm) to season-ending injuries.


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