BARNAWARTHA coach Mark Sarau says the Tigers are far from content with just making tomorrow’s Tallangatta and District league grand final to be held at Sandy Creek.
Sarau said yesterday gutsy finals wins against Kiewa-Sandy Creek, Thurgoona and Dederang-Mount Beauty had only whet the club’s appetite for success as it attempted to complete its fairytale run from the elimination final.
But the former Rutherglen mentor expected the Blues to present the most daunting assignment of the finals series.
“We know Mitta will come out and throw everything at us and it’s important we stay with them early,” Sarau said.
“That’s obviously going to be really important.
“We have managed to do that throughout the finals before going on with it late in games and I have a lot of confidence in the boys to run out matches.
“It’s a huge challenge and our toughest test but we are playing good football and looking forward to it.”
In the finals, Barnawartha’s strength has been its midfield run and tight-knit defence which has conceded just 32 goals in three matches.
The Tigers form hasn’t been lost on Mitta United coach Clinton Gilson who was an interested onlooker at last weekend’s preliminary final win over Dederang-Mount Beauty.
Gilson has been reluctant to tag opposition players this season which means Nathan Reynoldson, Jarrod Gorupic, Brent Olsen and Darcy Eaton could be left to go head-to-head with Tiger stars Cameron McNeill, Matt McNamara and Tim and Jack Price.
He said the Blues couldn’t afford to get caught up in Barnawartha’s strengths and weaknesses.
“We have a fair bit of pace in our side as well,” Gilson said.
“They have been impressive, don’t get me wrong, but you can only worry about yourself.
“We have no excuses.
“If we are good enough to win we will, but if we’re not we’re not.”
Mitta, which staged a memorable fight-back last year to defeat Thurgoona, will regain Nick Fraser from injury.