COMING off the bye, the Mallee Eagles are determined to get their Central Murray football season back on track after losing their past two matches.

COMING off the bye, the Mallee Eagles are determined to get their Central Murray football season back on track after losing their past two matches.

It all starts against Balranald tomorrow.

The Eagles (8W-2L) will want to return to the form that left them undefeated for eight games straight. 

The sixth placed Roos (5W-4L-1D) will be as hungry, though, as they are still in the hunt for a finals spot, with only percentage separating them from that.

Their last clash was marred by inaccurate kicking due to blustery conditions in round five, but this time round the best of both teams will be on display.

Bolstering the Eagles line up will be the returns of Boden Alexander and Beau Bennett for tomorrow's clash, with both players having been pivotal to the side's winning ways.

The dash of Bennett across the wing will help the Eagles break lines once again as the likes of Harry Allen and Steven Boyall work their magic around the congestion.

The Roos have the players to compete with the Lalbert-based club in the stoppages, with Cameron Barrett and Sam Godden providing grunt around the ball and work-rate across the ground.

Add the speedy qualities of Connor and Harrison Soraggi between the flanks and Balranald have their own game-breakers.

It seems inside the forward 50 is where this contest will be won or lost.

Helmers has indicated a new set-up in the forward line awaits the Roos' defenders.

There are numerous threats there to work with, too, including scoring sensation Saad Saad deep forward, the explosiveness of Zak Saad when resting forward, along with utilities Sean Bedggood and Ethan Pinchen.

The defensive act of Sam Simmons will be instrumental to Balranald's chances as he will not only have to become an intercepting machine once more, but make their forwards accountable on the rebound.

Tall timber able to impact on the scoreboard is also on offer in the Roos' forward-half, with the rucking duo of Ben Fuller and Joel Stevenson making their presence felt when resting up forward.

Add the hardness of crumber Jamie Cann and Nash Fitzgerald, who top scored with three majors last week, and Balranald do have the power to take the points.

Mallee Eagles' Thomas McGregor has proven to be one of the best defenders in the competition and will not only be a difficult proposition deep one-on-one, but with any air-balls kicked into the defensive half.

Last time they met: Mallee Eagles 9.15 (69) def Balranald 6.10 (46) at Greenham Park (Round 5, 2018).

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