St Arnaud looks to lock in finals berth

READY: Redbacks full-forward Sam Barnes, right, pictured at the start of an interleague match against Wimmera Football League, will be pivotal. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

READY: Redbacks full-forward Sam Barnes, right, pictured at the start of an interleague match against Wimmera Football League, will be pivotal. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

ST ARNAUD can almost lock in a finals berth with a win at its home ground, Lord Nelson Park, on Saturday.

To do so, the Saints will have to get over the only team they have yet to defeat this season – Boort.

The Magpies narrowly edged out the Saints in their round seven clash, with just five points the final margin.

Since that match, the sides’ form has varied.

The Saints have won four of six matches, while the Magpies have won just two of six to slip outside the top four.

It is a match that carries implications for both sides, with the Magpies looking to keep their finals hopes alive and the Saints looking to challenge for second place on the ladder, a position held by Charlton.

Saints coach James McNamee has been in excellent form and will continue to lead the way.

For the Magpies, Cam Millward will want to continue his consistent run of form after six consecutive mentions in the side’s best players.

Wedderburn will host finals contender Birchip-Watchem at Donaldson Park.

The Bulls surprisingly trailed by two goals at three-quarter time when the sides last met, before being blown away in the final term.

If the visitors can score an upset win, it would go a long way to stabilising their hold on fourth place on the ladder.

Stopping Redbacks full-forward Sam Barnes will be pivotal.

He has kicked bags of five, seven and eight goals in his past three games.

Charlton will fancy its chances of returning from a bye with a win against Donald at Donald Recreation Reserve.

The Navy Blues had little trouble disposing of the Royal Blues in their previous meeting, winning by 99 points.

But the winless Royal Blues have been more competitive since and will be desperate to get some points on the board before season’s end.

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