Sweltering conditions

PREPARATION: Black and Whites coaching staff Rob Makepeace (back, left), Steve Jeffery, Aaron Stefanini, Shailyn Williams, Kierren Williams, Andrew Lavaka (front, left) and Craig Morriss. Picture: Anthony Stipo
Nanjing Night Net

The Griffith Black and WhitePanthers are set to have their first hit out for the year, as long as the heat holds off on Saturday.

Griffith’s heat wave is set to continue with mid to high 30s predicted over the weekend and into next week.

The Panthers –and opponents the Albury Thunder –may luck out.

There is a chance of showers predicted on Saturday which at the very least could provide enough cloud cover to drop the thermometer down a few degrees.

Black and Whites co-coach Craig Morriss said the club would watch the weather closely and make a decision on the match from there.

“It is a trial and we want to give Albury a good hit-out but we don’twant anyone coming out of the game with heat stroke,” Morriss said.

“Ifwe think it’s too hot, we’ll pull the pin and try to play at night when it’s a bit cooler.”

Like all Griffith clubs, the Black and Whites have struggled with numbers at pre-season training.

Morriss thinks everything will fall into place come round one of the Group 20 season but for the match against the Thunder, fitness and forming new combinations are the first objectives.

“We haven’t had the greatest numbers at training due tovintage and shift work,” Morriss said.

“Fitness will be a big test and we just want to see how the guys go together.

“Wetalked about how last year was good but we need to do better.

“We are back to square one.”

When Morriss says back to square one, he is talking the change in personnel.

The Panthers lost several key players but Morriss thinks the new recruits will be able to fill the void and gave a glowing recommendation toa Group 20 stalwart.

“Clint Lilo was ourlock and Kodie Charles will fill that role,” Morriss said.

“He’s been areal boom for the club with all hisexperience and he’s been training the house down.

“The young fellas are getting right behind them.”

Griffith will take a squad into the match to help battle the elements and test out different combinations.

Reserve grade will kick off at EW Moore Oval at 3pm and first grade will take to the field around 4.30pm. Entry will befree.

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