MOYHU midfielder Ryan Craig believes the Hoppers will have to play their best football of the Ovens and King league season to sneak into the finals.
After dismantling Greta and King Valley in their past two matches, the club has moved to within percentage of sixth spot, but has a tough run home against Tarrawingee, Whorouly and Milawa.
Craig said momentum had been building over the past month.
“We had a pretty slow start to the season with a lot of blokes being unable to commit,” Craig said.
“Once we got the full group together we started to get going.
“We’re pretty much running at full strength now and I just hope we haven’t left it too late to make it.”
In a roller-coaster season for Moyhu, ruckman Anthony Welsh has been the constant.
He has carried a huge load at the centre bounces and around the ground and hasn’t been out of the club’s best six players in its 15 matches.
“Welshy is having an absolute standout year,” he said.
“Without doubt he’s the best ruckman in the league; his tap work is phenomenal.
“He’s always been a gun, but he’s taken it to another level this year.”
Craig said Moyhu would have to fire in the midfield to hold Tarrawingee at Tarrawingee on Saturday.
Bulldog spearhead Hamish Moore brought up his century of goals last weekend and will be hoping to get on the end of some smart delivery from Dan McCormick, Finton Eames and Kyle Raven.
“It’s always a cracking game against Tarra,” he said.
“Since the 2011 grand final I think we have only had two blowout games.
“They have all been by about two or three goals.”
Sixth-placed Bonnie Doon should take another step towards finals action by defeating North Wangaratta, Whorouly will be too strong for Greta, Milawa will account for King Valley, Glenrowan plays host to Benalla All Blacks and Bright will overpower Goorambat.