By Lachlan Onions
Penola Football Club will take on Lucindale on Saturday for Round 10 of Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara football.
The Roos will enter the game as hot favourites but they are not invincible as was recently proven by Naracoorte in Round 9.
Lucindale has won eight of its nine games this season and is six points clear at the top of the ladder.
The Roos have been a force to be reckoned with this season as they have both the best attacking and defensive record of the competition.
Back in Round 1, the clash between these two sides at McCorquindale Park was a one-sided contest where Penola was defeated by 94 points.
Since then, the Eagles have since shown signs of promise and have put up a fight in multiple games this season.
The Eagles go into the game full of confidence after a strong performance against Mundulla.
Penola coach Brad Maney said he hopes his side can put in a stronger performance than the last time they met.
“I really think we have grown a lot since that game and I think we understand them more as an opposition,” he said.
Maney hopes his side can continue on from their promising performance against the Tigers.
“If we can have another four-quarter performance, I would be really happy,” he said.
Brad Bryant, who was recently named in the South East Zone squad, will need to be at his best if Penola stand a chance against the Roos.
Drew Clayfield and Zac Deane will look to have an impact in the forward line on Saturday, but former Port Adelaide player, Tom Logan will look to thwart any chances for the Eagles who only managed four goals in the Round 1 clash.
Lucindale have plenty of options going forward which was highlighted during its Round 6 clash against Padthaway, when the Roos had five players kick three majors.
A win remains highly unlikely for the Eagles but Maney’s side will hope to put in another competitive performance to build towards the back end of the season.