Blueys aiming to counter dangerous Olympic

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Rain, hail or shine, Blueys coach Luke McGuire knows there is one certainty for his side in the Illawarra Premier League on Saturday.

Wollongong Olympic will come to Tarrawanna Oval ready to turn up the heat.

"No matter how great or poorly they are going in the season, when they turn up to Tarrawanna they lift about 40 or 50 per cent," McGuire said.

"We are expecting a really tough challenge this week."

Already the ladder leaders, McGuire labelled Olympic as his favourites for the title after a defeat in the preseason Cup.

Wollongong came from two goals down that day to snatch a penalty shoot-out win and McGuire believes their attacking threat will again be central to Saturday's result.

"They have got goals all over the park. They can score from midfield but if you concentrate on shutting their midfield down, they can get balls forward or catch you on the break," McGuire said.

"They are probably one of the most difficult teams to defend against because they can score from anywhere."

McGuire is hoping his own forward line can find the form which guided them within a game of last season's decider.

"I think at the moment it is not really taking our chances, number one, and number two just having a bit of confidence in front of goal," McGuire said.

"Once you get on a roll and start scoring goals you seem to start scoring goals quickly.

"So if we are lucky enough to score a few goals this week then hopefully we can build on it."

Wollongong United's clash with Fernhill has been postponed until Sunday and is likely to be washed out, while the Albion Park-Port Kembla and Bellambi-Dapto Dandaloo games are both in doubt.

The Blueys and Olympic have already seen luck fall in their favour as the only two clubs to have survived both wash-out weekends.

Olympic secured a win and a draw last weekend, while Tarrawanna have had back-to-back draws.

"Probably the most positive thing for us is that we are playing and that we are just starting to get into a bit of a rhythm," McGuire said.

"It is good playing every week and hopefully we can improve on performances and get some wins under our belts.

"Having two draws to start the season isn't ideal but I think we were lucky to get the draw last week and unlucky not to get a win the week before, so hopefully it all evens out this week."

In the District League, University's double-header against Shell Cove and Thirroul has been washed out, as well as the Picton-Wests Illawarra and Shell Cove-Corrimal Rangers fixtures.

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