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Pioneers urged to lift workrate

Wentworth’s Nick Cottrell charges down the grandstand wing at the QEO in the Bendigo Pioneers clash with Oakleigh Chargers. Picture: BILL CONROYA SHARP lift in workrate is what the Bendigo Pioneers aim to achieve in Saturday’s TAC Cup football clash with Sandringham.
Nanjing Night Net

Bendigo will play on the Dragons’ turf at Warrawee Park from noon.

Stung by a 95-point defeat last round, Pioneers’ coach Brett Henderson said several key areas had to lift dramatically.

“Being clean with the footy when it’s below knees, creating run from behind, and closing down time and space for opponents are alla major focus,” Henderson said.

The Pioneers build-up included Wednesday’s training session at Essendon’s base in Tullamarine.

Inclusions for Bendigo include Wandella’s Gavin Cathie for his first TAC Cup match, and the return of Kyabram’s Kyle Mueller and Wentworth’s Kobe Mutch.

Outs include captain Sam Simmons and Jordan Bath who injured ankles in Wednesday’s training run.

Henderson said the Pioneers were determined to hit back.

“The dare was not there,” he said of the big loss to Oakleigh.

“We can turn things around, but it will take a complete team effort and willingness to work hard in every contest.”

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