IT COULD be a war of attrition when Laharum meets Edenhope-Apsley in tomorrow’s qualifying final at Kalkee.
While the Kees have been clear premiership favourites for most of the year, there have been stages when both clubs have looked a chance to knock the reigning premier off its perch.
The Saints and Mountain Men have split their two head-to-head clashes this year, with Edenhope-Apsley capturing the first by five points and Laharum winning the second round in the wet.
The two powerfully-built sides will be at near full strength tomorrow and both are expecting a hard-fought showdown.
Laharum coach Marcus Demaria said there was no clear favourite heading into the game and survival of the fittest would determine the winner.
“The boys are all pumped up and I think everyone is ready to go,” he said.
“They’ve got a full list to choose from so it’s anyone’s game.
Whichever midfield can get on top and get the ball to their forwards will be the one who wins.”
With the exception of Ben Mahon who is out for the season, the Mountain Men will field a strong side.
Demaria said he hoped to recall Daniel Griffiths for the clash, while the Saints expect to name an unchanged line-up.
Saints co-coach Mal Coutts said Laharum would enter the match as favourites after winning the last meeting between the sides.
He said his charges would not be daunted by the task ahead of them however, with a spot in the second semi-final up for grabs.
“This is what we set ourselves for at the start of the year and we’re going in probably within one or two players of our best available team, which is as good as you can hope for at this time of the year,” he said.
“I think we’ll possibly have a better-structured side this time and the key for us is to make sure we run and spread and play our best footy when we get our hands on it.”
Coutts said the team was also happy to play at the neutral site of Kalkee.
“I asked the boys at training who the best side is statistically at Kalkee over the past two years and it’s us,” he said.
“We’re unbeaten there so it doesn’t hold any fears for us as a playing surface.