Pioneers strive to clip Falcons wings

SLOWING the opposition's run will be a key to the Bendigo Bank Pioneers play in Saturday's TAC Cup football clash with Geelong Falcons at Werribee.

It's been many rounds since Bendigo has aimed for consecutive victories.

They will do so following a great win against NSW-ACT in Mildura.

The Pioneers face a big task against the fifth-placed Geelong Falcons at Avalon Airport Oval.

Pioneers' coach David Newett said pressure on the ball-carrier would have to be high in every quarter.

"Geelong is a highly-skilled team and can be really efficient by hand and foot," Newett said.

"It's important we cut the time and space they have to work in," Newett said.

"Our defensive efforts and work to limit space for opponents to lead to has lifted in our past two games."

The Pioneers will again focus on quick movement into attack.

"We have strong marking targets such as Jordan Mangan and Connor Toohey in attack.

"The work of our crumbing forwards and the midfield will be really important."

The defence led by Daniel Davie, Josh Ryan and Harry Conway also has the dash and skill of Bailey Edwards, Mat Pickering and Marty Hore.

The Pioneers regain the skilful Aidyn Johnson and Eamonn Ogden to take on Geelong.

Tom Cole and Pioneers team-mate Billy Evans have headed west to represent Victoria Country in the AFL national under-18 championships match against Western Australia in Fremantle.

Key targets for the Falcons include Brayden Warren who kicked five goals from just 10 possessions in the latest win against Western.

"Teia Miles has represented Victoria Country, and Mitchell Patten is dangerous at ground level."

The Bendigo-Geelong match starts at 2pm at Avalon Airport Oval. 


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