ANZAC Match: Wilston Grange vs. Sandgate

The Gorillas take on the Hawks in a standalone ANZAC clash tomorrow night.

Wilston Grange and Sandgate will face off in an ANZAC eve clash on Wednesday night.

The Gorillas are coming off a narrow win in Noosa, while the Hawks’ young guns surprised many in a 10-point loss to Springwood on the weekend.

Sandgate will be without defender Sam Summers in the match, after he injured his shoulder in round one against the Pumas.

Dickfos also expects that a number of other players may be ruled out, with only four days to recover from Round one.

With the short turnaround, Dickfos said he would be focusing on trying to improve some basic areas of their game from their opening match.

“We just have to concentrate on getting structures right and showing urgency without the ball in hand,” Dickfos said.

“Sometimes young guys can get into the habit of watching the game instead of playing it.

“We need to make sure the focus is where it needs to be.”

Dickfos said the chance to play a standalone game under lights would be a great learning experience for his young charges.

“It will be an experience for them,” he said.

“I know the boys are right to compete and will work as hard as they can and hopefully limit some of the mistakes from the weekend.”

 Gorillas coach, Matt Trewhella, said he was confident his side would be able to cope with the short turnaround, after a thriller against the Tigers.

“We’ve had a plan in place for this since the draw came out, so we’re right to go,” he said.

“We train under lights, so it’s the conditions you’re best suited to.”

The Gorillas coach said he wouldn’t be taking the Hawks lightly, after they surprised the Pumas in round one.

“We won’t be taking them lightly by any means.”

“They’re a bit of a young side…Coming off a three-day break, you want those young legs in the side.”

Trewhella said he hoped the match would draw a major crowd, as the only match tomorrow night.

“Under lights, it becomes a bit of a spectacle,” he said.

“Some of the crowds in our comp are better than some NEAFL games and being a night game, with not reserves or under-18s, it’s not a really late night (so we should get a big crowd).”

“Also, it’s an opportunity to commemorate ANZAC Day.”

The Gorillas could welcome Dan Brittain, who has been managing a groin problem over summer, back into the side, depending on how he trains tonight.

The ANZAC match kicks off at 7:30pm at Wilston Grange tomorrow night.

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