Allan Matheson Shield | Tatura-Hill Top gear up for ‘to win’ match

High stakes: Brendon Boyd understands his Tatura-Hill Top team has a must-watch game this weekend. Photo by Rodney Braithwaite

In the final month of the Allan Matheson Shield campaign and 19 points from the final, Tatura-Hill Top enters a critical period.

The Bulldogs have slipped on their last two hits to now sit in sixth place on the ladder and the door is closing on them appearing in the playoffs.

That’s why Saturday’s Round 12 contest in the elite Goulburn Valley playzone against Euroa is a do-or-die matchup for the Bulldogs.

Tatura-Hill Top mentor Brendon Boyd understands the challenge facing his proteges in qualifying for the final, which starts this weekend on home soil.

“It’s definitely a must-watch game for us,” Boyd said.

“Losing those last two games against Shepparton Park and Tally has put us in a position where we have to win our next three games and rely on other results to follow our path, just to make the final.

“Everyone in the playgroup knows where we are and what needs to be done. They are looking forward to the challenge.”

The last time the two teams met in early December, the Bulldogs took a 41-shot win.

Boyd’s outfit must replicate that decisive victory over lowest-ranked Euroa to keep the flame alive in their final.

Although Euroa cannot make it to the final, the visitors will no doubt be motivated to improve their place on the table and spoil Tatura-Hill Top’s plans.

Euroa knocked out East Shepparton earlier this season in a sign they can deliver a knockout blow.

Boyd is aware of his abilities and said the Bulldogs “cannot take Euroa lightly”.

The player-manager said his team had one eye on the table positions and the other firmly on the task at hand.

“We need 18 points or at least 16 points this weekend,” Boyd said.

“But first and foremost we have to focus on winning and then worry about the rest that comes.

“The competition is so equal; any rink can dominate or be dominated and it all depends on who plays best that day.

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