YACKANDANDAH skipper Mick Walker says the result of this week’s clash with Dederang will be irrelevant should they meet again in finals.
And his opposite number agrees.
The Demons and Roos sit third and fourth respectively on the ladder and a match-up in the first week of finals looks almost certain with top teams Mount Beauty and New City unlikely to slip up in the run home.
And while Walker said the Roos would do anything they could to win today’s contest, he said the result would mean nothing in a few weeks’ time.
“I think it will be irrelevant,” Walker admitted.
“Finals are the only things that matter when they come around.
“I mean, we lost to every team at some point last year and still made the grand final.
“Having said that, we’re in it to win it this round, for sure.”
Dederang skipper Andrew Creamer said the Demons were only concerned about today’s contest but wouldn’t expect the result to be a factor should the teams meet again at the business end of the season.
“It will be good to see where we’re both at,” Creamer said.
“They obviously beat New City a few weeks ago and they’re probably the yardstick at the moment.
“We’ll just keep working away.”
Walker said Yackandandah, which has won its past four games, wouldn’t be short on motivation this round.
“We’ve been fairly consistent lately and we want to keep building on that and keep our spot in the top four,” he said.
“We know what standard we need to be at going into finals and I think we’re going OK at the moment.”
The star all-rounder said the Roos hadn’t eyed a potential weakness in the Demons’ line-up.
“They’ve got a fairly even mix with some good players,” Walker said.
“We’ll just worry about our team and what we need to do.”
Meanwhile, Cricket Albury-Wodonga has launched an investigation into last week’s clash between the Demons and New City.
Dederang has contested the result on four points of appeal.
A result on the findings is expected next week.