Yarrawonga looking to maintain finals run

James Saker is looking to lead Lavington into a seventh straight finals campaign.
James Saker is looking to lead Lavington into a seventh straight finals campaign.

Yarrawonga’s hopes of maintaining one of the league’s greatest run of finals appearances could be resting on Saturday’s away clash against Lavington.

The Pigeons started their streak in 2006.

Wangaratta Rovers hold the record with 14, from 1969.

In short, if Yarrawonga wins, its percentage is so strong, it will play finals, regardless of the final round clash against Wodonga.

If Lavington wins, it should play finals.

However, if Wodonga was to win its last two games and Lavington falls to Wodonga Raiders in the final round, percentage will come into it.

However, only two teams in eight years have needed a 10-eight record, so it’s hard to believe the Panthers could miss with 11 wins.

“Lavington’s never missed finals since I’ve been here and that’s not a feeling I want to entertain either and neither do any of our players,” Lavington coach James Saker said.

“We’ve had 10 wins, last season we had 12 and finished second and got within 10 points of Albury in the first semi, so the way I see it, if we finish 12 and six as we did last year, we go in with a lot of confidence.”

The Panthers themselves are also a perennial finalist.

Since missing successive finals in 2009-10, Lavington has made six straight campaigns, the last five under Saker.

Lavington’s never missed finals since I’ve been here and that’s not a feeling I want to entertain either.

James Saker

“The alternative (if we lose to Yarrwonga) is we’re playing elimination finals every week, that’s a difficult scenario to be in, you can’t have a slip-up,” he said.

Both the Panthers and Pigeons sit on 40 points.