Shutting down Lions forwards the key to Bulldogs getting up

DEFENSIVE GENERAL: Tarrawingee’s Trevor Edwards.

TARRAWINGEE will look to extend Whorouly’s misery tomorrow, but despite the Lions’ inability to knock off top eight sides this year, Bulldogs’ coach Finton Eames knows the 2012 runners up are not to be trifled with.

Whorouly’s average winning margin in six victories so far this season has been more than 20 goals, yet in four matches against top eight sides the Lions are yet to register a win, with their losses coming by 73 points to Milawa, 11 goals to Moyhu, eight points against Bright and 51 points at home to King Valley last weekend.

The evidence suggests Whorouly is just making up the numbers in the top half of the ladder this year, but Eames isn’t convinced.

“People might forget, but Whorouly played off in the grand final last year, and they haven’t lost much from that side,” Eames said.

“Sure they lost Archibald and Pascoe, but they brought in Glanville and Goonan to replace them, so they are still a very strong side.

“If you take them lightly you’re going to get found out, so we know we’re going to need a real team effort with 21 contributors to beat them.”


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