MILAWA coach Mick Newton says his team is cherry-ripe for Saturday’s Ovens and King league preliminary final against Moyhu at Tarrawingee.
With the Demons refreshed by last weekend’s bye and having won their previous seven matches, Newton said yesterday they couldn’t have asked for a better preparation.
But he remains wary of an in-form Moyhu which has defeated North Wang- aratta and King Valley in its two finals and boasts one of the league’s deadliest midfields when on song.
“We really wanted the week off,” Newton said yesterday.
“I don’t think we have had a break since the middle of the year — our last month of the season was pretty big, other than the Swanpool game.
“You always have some tired, sore boys at this time, like everyone, so it was good to freshen up.
“We went and had a look at both of the games last weekend and Moyhu looked pretty good.
“They moved the ball well at times and we must make sure our midfield is accountable.
“Once they got a run-on, they moved the ball too quickly for King Valley.”
The other big plus for Milawa is the return of ruckman Jeff Whitehead.
After spending time overseas, he has a solid two weeks of training behind him and looks set to form a dangerous duo with fellow big man Brent Newton.
Scott Pell, Mark Scholte and Gabrial O’Brien are in good form and should also play key roles after starring against Glenrowan earlier in the finals.
Moyhu is a long-shot of regaining Nathan Waite from a shoulder injury which means Nathan Thompson, Jaimon McGeehan and Ryan Craig will have to again produce their strong form.
Tarrawingee takes on Glenrowan in Sunday’s preliminary final at Milawa.