Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley - elimination final | Have your say

UP: Saints ruckman Jeremy Kealy will battle against Harrow-Balmoral star Mick Phelan in Saturday's elimination final. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

UP: Saints ruckman Jeremy Kealy will battle against Harrow-Balmoral star Mick Phelan in Saturday's elimination final. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

THE entree has come and gone now it's time for the main course.

Harrow-Balmoral and Edenhope-Apsley will square off for the second time in as many weeks, but this time the loser faces elimination.

The Roos have won the past two encounters by almost exactly the same margin.

They beat the Saints by 22 points in round nine and 21 in Saturday's dead rubber to close out the season.

Both sides will name different line-ups tomorrow, with up to six potential inclusions for the Saints and at least three for the Roos.

Charlie Stewart, Matt Close, Tim Adams, Tom Clissold and juniors Grant Cother and Ben Campbell are available for the Saints after missing at the weekend.

Harrow-Balmoral suffered two casualties forward Tim Cogger, hamstring, and Matt Robertson, fractured cheekbone.

Brent Penny, Luke Merryfull and Quentin Willmott are set to return.

One of the key battles will be emerging Saints ruckman Jeremy Kealy against Harrow-Balmoral star Mick Phelan.

Both teams boast strong midfield groups, giving the side that wins the ruck duel the advantage.

Clissold gives Edenhope-Apsley's forward line a boost and it will be interesting to see how the Roos cover the loss of Cogger, who led the team with three goals at the weekend.

Harrow-Balmoral coach Brent Forsyth said his side would have a psychological edge after winning both meetings this year.

"When you've already beaten the opposition twice, that's something that's going to be in the back of their minds," he said.

Edenhope-Apsley coach Grant Coxon said the previous results might actually work in his team's favour.

"They'll be telling themselves that it gives them an advantage, but we had a chat about it at training and everyone knows where we're at," he said.

"If anything, I think they might be more worried about us knowing we're the underdog and the expectations are on them."

Coxon said the team had identified several areas it needed to improve in after Saturday, particularly tackling.

He said he had also identified match-ups that needed to be changed.

Forsyth said finals had come at the perfect time for the Roos, just as they were starting to recapture their best form.

He said it was a better and more confident side than the one that lost in last year's elimination final.

"Over the course of a year we've made massive strides," he said.

"We went from winning eight and a half games last year to 13 this year, and we've won every game we were expected to win.

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