Kiewa-Sandy Creek to treat last round clash with Rutherglen like a final

GOOD HANDS: Kiewa-Sandy Creek's Jacob Barber holds onto a strong mark during the Hawks' loss to Thurgoona last weekend. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS

GOOD HANDS: Kiewa-Sandy Creek's Jacob Barber holds onto a strong mark during the Hawks' loss to Thurgoona last weekend. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS

With less than four percentage points separating second-placed Kiewa-Sandy Creek (KSC) and fourth-placed Rutherglen, the equation is pretty simple.

Win and get the double chance or lose and risk playing elimination football for the entire finals series. 

Hawks’ coach Adam Mudra said his side is well aware of the consequences ahead of the final round at Rutherglen, with an elimination final against Mitta United the likely result for the loser.

“That’s what it’s all about is big challenges and playing the best teams in the comp at this time of year,” Mudra said.

KSC was put into the precarious position after a 45-point loss to premiership favourites Thurgoona last weekend.

“For three quarters, I thought our boys competed really well and they got away from us in the last quarter,” Mudra said.

“We know we need to be better, but we certainly took some positives out of the fact we were competitive for large chunks of the game.”