RUTHERGLEN United captain Jon Shaw has turned up the heat on finals-bound Yarrawonga-Mulwala ahead of today’s final day of home and away action for the season.
Shaw said the Lakers had a reputation as one of the most vocal teams in the competition and the Redlegs wanted to throw their finals plans in a spin with an upset today.
“It would be nice to give them a test,” Shaw said.
“They had plenty to say last week.
“They’re obviously playing finals and we’re not, so they’ve earned the right to be quite gobby.
“It would be nice to knock them off and finish the season on a high.”
Shaw said Rutherglen United had undoubtedly wasted its season and should have won half the games it lost.
The Redlegs could move as high as fifth with a win today.
“We’re going to look back on six or seven missed opportunities,” he said.
“We’ve thrown away a few chances in ridiculous fashion.
“But that’s the way it is.”
Shaw said early wickets were vital for the Redlegs to be any chance of defending their total of 139 this afternoon.
“We’re certainly not going to defend it by bowling our overs,” he said.
“We need to take wickets and knock them over.
“If we don’t get new ball wickets, it’s going to be hard.
“They’ve got probably the strongest batting line-up in the comp and we have a lot of respect for them.
“We’re going to have to bowl very well.”
In other games today, Corowa’s finals dream is all but over after City Colts piled on 7-270 last Saturday.
Brenton Whale’s 108 last week has left Colts in the box seat.
Elsewhere, Whorouly-Gapsted should have next to no trouble chasing down Rovers United’s 108.
The visitors are 1-80 in response and well on the way to victory.
Premiership favourite Bruck is 2-81, chasing 152 to beat Beechworth.
Wangaratta Magpies are 4-47 and far from over the line against Myrtleford, despite needing just 27 more for victory.