Wattles reserve grade front-rower Craig Pettiford charges the ball up against Brothers last Sunday.
Wattles reserve grade front-rower Craig Pettiford charges the ball up against Brothers last Sunday. Glyn Rees

Wattles desperate for victory

WATTLES drought between drinks continues after another loss last week against TRL premiership front-runners Brothers but seasoned back-rower Aaron Scheid has an inkling the home-ground advantage and a dose of positivity shown at training this week will see the Warriors nail country cousins the Dalby Diehards tomorrow.

"We can improve significantly on performances of the past few weeks and, despite what the scoreboard has said, we have the ability to win matches," the Wattles 2011 Player of the year said.

Despite Scheid's confidence, Wattles will possibly be without star back Luke Baker, leaving some big boots to fill.

On the positive side of the ledger, experienced centre Tim Hentschel returns after an injury break and will add speed, ability and cunning to the Wattles outside backs.

Tomorrow's match will be a homecoming of a sort for Dalby forwards Kirk Reynoldson and Leigh Rickert.

Reynoldson was a valuable member of Wattles 1998 Under 19 side before graduating to league's highest levels and turning out for the Melbourne Storm, St George/Illawarra Dragons and the Newcastle Knights, playing 125 NRL matches.

Rickert is a former Wattles junior and long-time Warriors A-grade regular and good friend of Reynoldson.

The presence of both in the opposition should serve to spice up the encounter as both sides take on the battle for victory.

Wattles needs a win urgently to replenish its confidence.

Tomorrow's program kicks off at 11.30am with Under 18, 1pm for reserve grade and 2.30pm for the A-grade match.



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