Mittagong brace for Albion Park powerhouse

Mittagong's Glen Isedale, right, and Robertson's Nathan Wright. Picture: GREG TOTMAN
Mittagong's Glen Isedale, right, and Robertson's Nathan Wright. Picture: GREG TOTMAN


They scored one of the upsets of the season last time they met Albion Park at Welby Field, but Mittagong coach Graham Isedale is setting more modest expectations for this weekend's rematch.

The Southern Highlands club notched a memorable 3-2 win when the pair met in round four, but have suffered mixed form since that season-best result.

They've claimed just three victories - two against winless Dapto - since the shock result.

"That win was a long time ago," Isedale said.

"We have probably slackened off a bit lately so hopefully we will play a lot better at home and if we can get a point out of it, that would be a great result."

Park already took a slice of revenge for the loss with a 5-1 win at home in round 10.

The defending champions ran riot against Dapto last week in a 10-1 rout, just a week after they were hammered 7-2 by title favourites University.

Isedale expects his side will face a Park outfit at the same attacking best they demonstrated last weekend.

"We have to stop their ball movement," he said.

"Their forwards in the circle are just uncanny and they have the ability to score from anywhere.

"Bede [Gillard] is their main man to stop."

A Jack Donovan goal consigned Isedale's side to a 1-0 loss against their Southern Highlands rivals last weekend and give Robertson the advantage in their race for the last finals spot.

Robertson hold a three point lead over Mittagong on the ladder - and have a game against Dapto in hand.

They do battle with Wests this weekend.



Mittagong  v Albion Park, 2.50pm, Welby Field

Robertson  v Wests, 3.15pm, Croom Rd


Round 15


Illawarra Hockey Centre

Figtree Unanderra  v Jamberoo, 12.15pm

Avondale  v University, 1.30pm

Wests Illawarra  v Fairy Meadow, 2.45pm 

Croom Road

Railway Greys  v Albion Park, 2.45pm


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