BOOMERS and Albury United clash at Jelbart Park tomorrow as the potential cup winners flex their muscles at the business end of the season.
Boomers, last year’s league champions, finally have a near full-strength squad to choose from.
That has been reflected in a 2-0 win against Albury City a fortnight ago and last week’s 3-0 rout of Wangaratta.
Similarly the green machine’s stocks are on the rise — a winless 12-week stretch almost forgotten after two wins and a come-from-behind draw with Twin City last week.
Boomers’ Andrew Groves has been a consistent scorer in recent weeks and said it was important they keep their winning form ahead of the finals.
“It’s an important game for us, particularly with us having the bye next week,” he said.
“We don’t want to be losing form this week, having a week-off and then face a knockout final.
“For us it is about maintaining possession.
“In defence, we won’t target individuals — we’ll use our shape and shuffle players to move United’s danger men away from where they want to be.”
United coach Adam Carty said he has the right sort of headache — too many good players available for the 11 starting spots.
“In personnel we are probably better off this time around as opposed to when they beat us earlier in the season,” he said.
“But in terms of the way we are playing I don’t think too much will change, they were the better side on the day.
“What’s pleasing for us is our squad is getting fitter and stronger.
“It is getting very competitive for spots in the senior squad.”
But Carty said they won’t fall for the trick of man marking Groves, Sam Graetz or Peter Noordewier.
“Teams have tried to man mark them but that distracts us from what we want to do,” he said.
“Groves, Graetz, Noordewier can all hurt you.
“Our job will be to limit the supply to all three of them.”