CORRYONG coach Andrew Reid is hoping the Demons’ roller-coaster season can finish on a high when they travel to Cudgewa this weekend.
The Demons are in second spot on the ladder and face a must-win clash against the fifth-placed Blues to ensure the double chance with the finals series starting next week.
The stakes are high with a Demons loss allowing the winner of the Bullioh and Federal clash to claim second spot.
Cudgewa caused the biggest boilover of the season when it drew with Bullioh last week and will lack no motivation to claim another big scalp.
Although Cudgewa is out of the finals race, the Blues will be looking to deliver a fitting farewell to coach Aaron Lezius, who will retire after Saturday.
Reid is bracing his charges for an assault from the Blues who have nothing to lose.
“The positive is our destiny is in our hands and from now on in we make our own luck,” Reid said.
“It’s up to us how we handle Cudgewa because they are not going to be an easy team to beat on the weekend — that’s for sure.
“Cudgewa has got nothing to lose.
“But if we lose we will not only miss out on the double chance but also hosting a home final.
“Also losing to the second bottom side heading into finals is not a good look and doesn’t do much for the confidence.”
Reid admitted there was an element of trepidation in making the trip to Cudgewa after the Blues scored an upset 25-point win at home against the Demons earlier in the season.
“They have got a lot of young blokes whose leg speed can really hurt you if given enough space,” he said.
“The boys were also saying at training the other night that we haven’t won there for at least four years.”
Reid has re-signed as coach of the Demons who are expected welcome back key forward Bill Daley (unavailable) and be close to full-strength.
Chiltern recruit Terry Symonds has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a hand complaint.
In other games, Federal and Bullioh looks a toss of the coin while flag favourite Tumbarumba will have little trouble in disposing of Border-Walwa.