KING Valley coach Brendan Sessions is hoping last weekend’s improved form will carry into Saturday’s qualifying final against Tarrawingee at Milawa.
Although the critics would suggest the 168-point win only came against a cellar dweller in Goorambat, Sessions said yesterday the signs were promising after lacklustre performances against Bonnie Doon and Greta.
“We probably played our best last week for four or five matches,” Sessions said.
“The pressure over the ground was a big improvement.
“I thought our accountability was a lot better as well and we’ll need that during the finals.”
Tarrawingee will start firm favourites after comfortably defeating King Valley in round 9 with Bulldog forward Hamish Moore the destroyer with eight majors.
Jordan Solimo and Trevor Edwards loom as players the Roos must contain.
“They are a good side, but we should match up on them a bit better this time with a few players back,” Sessions said.
King Valley has received a boost this week with Adams Williams winning back-to-back Baker medals.
Williams became only the fifth player to win the award in successive years when he polled 27 votes to finish five clear of Bright coach Ryan Kent and Milawa’s Jack Stamp on 22.
“He’s had another sensational year,” Sessions said.
“He’s a genuine workhorse who gets the job done every week.
“Whether it’s in the middle or defence, he just plays well every game.”
Meanwhile, Milawa will start favourite against Glenrowan in the second qualifying final.
With coach Mick Newton stepping down, the Demons have even more incentive as they chase the premiership.
In Sunday’s elimination finals, Moyhu will start slight favourites against North Wangaratta and Bright could have the edge over Whorouly.