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NEAFL: Josh Bennett and the Canberra Demons take on Redland away from home in Rnd 8

Canberra Demons veteran Josh Bennett says no matter how many stars you line up against - they can't hurt you if they don't have the ball.

The Demons face Redland in Brisbane on Saturday and the starlet plans on shutting down their two AFL-experienced players before returning to the capital with all four points.

Bennett revealed the Demons game plan ahead of their trip to Queensland stating his men will look to keep the ball on the ground to limit the impact of former Brisbane Lions players Jackson Paine and Sam Michael.

Bennett said his men must contain Bombers' ruckman Michael and stop key forward Paine who kicked four goals against the Demons in the season opener.

"They're strong in there air so we just need to get blokes back there and stop them. We'll change a few things and just try and get the ball on the ground where they won't be as strong," Bennet said.

After copping a 121-point thrashing from the Sydney Swans last week, Bennett said a win against Redland will going a long way towards rebuilding their dented confidence and get the seventh-placed Demons' finals campaign back on track.


Canberra ran out comfortable winners when the teams met in round one but now face a Bombers side full of steam after they upset third-placed Brisbane last week.

Bennett arrived at Canberra's NEAFL side this season with a wealth of experience after a VFL stint with Frankston and narrowly missing a rookie contract with St Kilda.

"I'm just focusing on working with the young blokes, in this sort of comp you just need to keep learning everything. Teaching them how fast a good side can move the ball," Bennett said.

"Personally, I think if we win this week and we'll put ourselves in the right situation to play finals."

The 26-year-old has put his aspirations to play professional football on hold and just wants to play injury free football.

"Just to get a few more years of injury free good footy, im only 26 so playing more footy is ideal for me right now," Bennett said.

While the NEAFL competition will go ahead this weekend, the rest of ACT will get a week off. With the release of the men's ACT representative side, Canberra's best will instead head to Wagga Wagga on saturday night as they take on the Riverina.


Friday: Sydney Uni v Sydney at Henson Park, 7pm.

Saturday: Southport Sharks v NT Thunder at Fankhauser Reserve, Redland Bombers v Canberra Demons at Tidbold Park, games starting at 12pm.

Sunday: GWS Giants v Brisbane Lions at Spotless Stadium, 12:55pm.

Representative Round

Saturday: Riverina FNL v AFL Canberra at Robertson Oval, 2:30pm.