VFL battlers to do battle

Ben Archard returns to the Bendigo Gold team on Sunday.
Ben Archard returns to the Bendigo Gold team on Sunday.

IT will be a clash of the VFL's two winless teams on Sunday when Bendigo Gold makes the long trip to Frankston to take on the Dolphins in round 10.

With both sides yet to win a game - although the Dolphins have had a draw with Richmond - it should present as a genuine opportunity for the Gold to finally win their first match as a stand-alone club.

However, last week's game against Coburg was also touted as a potential win for the Gold, but the result was a 68-point loss to the Lions at the Queen Elizabeth Oval in a game where Bendigo was already 37 points down at quarter-time as its poor starts to games continued.

"The boys have got a long trip down on the bus, but it will be a chance to talk about what it's going to take on Sunday to get the win," Gold coach Aussie Jones said on Friday.

"As far as training has gone this week, the boys have had a really good week and our session on Wednesday night was as good as we've had this year.

"Every loss may be compounding inside the players, but as a club we're really good at moving on and trying to find a positive going into the next week."

Lockington-Bamawm United's Trent Bacon will play as the Gold's 23rd player, while Ben Archard will play his first game of the season after recovering from a broken finger.

"We've got a good side in this week, we've done our homework on Frankston and feel we've got the match-ups right, so there's no excuses," Jones said.

"For us, it's just another opportunity."

Sunday's game at Frankston starts at 2pm.

• Tale of the tape:

Average for: Bendigo 56.2; Frankston 73.3.

Average against: Bendigo 140.3; Frankston 100.6.

Games v same opposition:

v North Ballarat: Bendigo lost by 99; Frankston lost by 5.

v Footscray: Bendigo lost by 166; Frankston lost by 14.


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