YARRAWONGA co-coach Chris Kennedy has downplayed the importance of Saturday’s crunch clash with Albury.
He said it didn’t guarantee anything for the winner.
The Pigeons and Tigers will play for keeps in the biggest home and away match in Ovens and Murray history on Saturday.
The winner will finish on top of the ladder and have the first week off in finals.
The past seven premiers have also claimed the minor premiership.
And although Kennedy couldn’t disagree with that logic, he said a win on Saturday would be nothing other than an advantage.
“It doesn’t guarantee anything but it would certainly put the winner in the box seat,” Kennedy said.
“Both teams would love to have that first week off and history would say it’s a huge advantage.
“But it’s not the end of the world for the loser.
“It’s just an easier road for the winner.”
The Pigeons are still unsure about Brad Ottens’ availability and are likely to find out definitively today whether or not Geelong’s three-time premiership star will be available.
Kennedy wouldn’t be drawn on that matter but said he expected Kayne Pettifer and Craig Ednie to be good to go.
Pettifer missed Saturday’s win over Wodonga with a badly bruised foot while Ednie sat out the second half with a shoulder stinger.