THE clubs have jostled for positions in September all year and now it’s time when the whips start cracking. Once the ball is bounced in the three games this weekend, the stakes are now high and that can turn good players into ordinary ones and not so notable stars into very important players that rise to the occasion.
Kyabram has clearly been the best side all year and it’s hard to go past them defeating the Shepparton Bears on Saturday night. Having said that, the Bears have nothing to lose here and have been in great form. They have a great defence, which is the key to winning finals. It’s under lights at Mooroopna, which will produce a big crowd and great atmosphere.
At Tatura Park on Saturday afternoon the Seymour Lions, who finished third take on Benalla who finished sixth and haven’t been travelling that well in recent times. It’s a strange finals system but Seymour should win this game and gain a double chance. It’s one of those years that finishing third gives you a good leg up.
On Sunday at Benalla, Rochester take on Euroa with the loser out of the finals race this year. The Magpies were second on the ladder only a month ago and now find themselves in an elimination final against last year’s grand finalists. This will be a ripper game and the Maggies will be disappointed to bow out but unfortunately the Tigers are in great form and will live to fight another day.
I can smell the freshly cut grass which means it’s that time of year where everyone would love to be out there.