OMEO-BENAMBRA v BRUTHEN
Where is it being played?: Swifts Creek Rec Reserve
What time is the seniors game scheduled to start?: 2:00pm
Omeo Benambra and Bruthen will battle it out for a spot in the Omeo District senior football grand final tomorrow at Swifts Creek at 2pm.
The Ranges have been the standout team of the competition all season and will head into the game as favourites.
However, the Bulldogs’ recent finals form and back-to-back premierships suggest they cannot be underestimated.
With a record of 14-1, Omeo Benambra hasn’t lost a game since round one, which was to the reigning premier by 28 points at Omeo.
Since then the Ranges have brought home the chocolates against Bruthen on two occasions by 23 and 28 points. Despite winning 14 games straight, Omeo Benambra coach, Grant Mooney, said none of that matters during the finals.
“If you don’t bring your best in finals the 14-game winning streak doesn’t mean anything,” he said.
“We haven’t spoken about it, we’ve wiped it and reset.
“We trained both nights last week and this week and the message to the boys was to bring the pressure and a good attitude.
“We know we’ve got the ability, but you have to work hard and have a good attitude when you rock up to play.”
The games between the two sides have been fierce contests and Mooney said he is expecting a similar battle.
“I think our depth and having 20 contributors each week has helped us,” he said.
“They match up well against us and we match up well against them. It has been a real arm wrestle each time we’ve played them.
“Our depth and midfield rotation is something that will help us.
“It could have gone either way each game but we’ve been able to get a hold of them in the midfield.
“We’ve got some good forwards as well and they haven’t seen a couple of them play yet, which is a good thing for us.”
With 113 goals between them, Jai Hayward (62) and Damien Pedder (51) pose a real risk for Bruthen’s defence.
“Both Jai and Damien have worked really well together and play different roles,” Mooney said.
“We’ve also got Brandon Betts who has come in and leads up well.
“Peter Craze and Ross Ansaldi have come back into the side and hopefully they can step up again and play well.”
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