Bye round throws tests into mix

IT IS make or break for all Central Highlands teams running off the bye round from the long-weekend.

For some, the week’s rest will be a godsend, allowing injury-ravaged line-ups the opportunity to recoverer and consolidate.

For other teams, such as the Emerald Cowboys, it’s a rude interruption they could do without.

Prior to the break the Cowboys had just found the winning form they were in search of, only to be stopped in their tracks with last weekend’s compulsory bye. Now stuck in a five-way stalemate on the competition ladder with three wins from eight matches, the test will come this weekend when they shape up to Middlemount Panthers in Tieri.

Springsure Mountain Men have the unenviable task of taking on second-placed Peak Downs Pirates on their home turf and the early signs are not looking good. Springsure coach Ben Sullivan said they were scraping to break even come tomorrow night.

“We’ll be short but we should have a side,” he said yesterday.

Stuck with the pack on eight competition points, Clermont Bears will be looking for a strong performance at home against Blackwater Crushers.

A win this weekend will go some way to closing the six-point buffer separating them on the ladder.

Streaking away in front on 18 points, the Dysart Bulls will take an extra week’s rest with the round’s bye this weekend.

They, too, are feeling the pinch of the new season’s intensity. Despite no serious issues on the injury front as yet, Bulls coach Bill Devine has said in past exchanges they would take full use of any opportunity that came their way to rest players.

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