Boulder coach Nick Dillon says his charges are primed for a big effort to round out the Goldfields Football League’s qualifying series next weekend after brushing aside bottom side Kambalda last Sunday.
It was a one-sided drubbing, with the Tigers notching a 10th win by 112 points, 21.10 (136) to 3.6 (24).
The result, however, served its purpose after Dillon went into the clash at Digger Daws Oval seeking a confidence-booster after a round 18 loss to Railways.
Dillon said the win, spearheaded by Scott Worthington’s six goals, was important as the squad geared up for Sunday’s clash against Kalgoorlie with second spot on the line.
“It was good to get a comfortable win because we really needed to work on some things, get some confidence back and just play some good footy,” Dillon said.
“We had probably one bad quarter.
“But apart from that, I thought we played pretty well.
“We’ll take what we can from that and move on to next weekend.”
It was just Worthington’s second game back after an overseas trip, but Dillon said his trump card was fully fit and raring to go for the finals.
“He (Worthington) was good at the weekend and back to normal already,” Dillon said.
“In his first game back, he probably dropped a couple of marks he’d normally take, but I felt he still played pretty well.
“Against Kambalda, he was back to what we expect and I dare say that will be the case for the rest of the year.”
Alex Devitt sat out the round with a leg injury but would return against Kalgoorlie. Dillon said goal kicker Tyson Hodge would resume from injury in round 20 but was unsure if he would be rushed straight into the seniors or via the reserves.
“We’ll see how he goes and if his ankle is no good, then we’ll pull the pin,” he said. “Nathan Krakouer is another one (sidelined with injury).
“But he pulled up a bit sore in the quad again from training last week, so he is probably in doubt.”