I went out there for a year with 'Harty' when he was coaching and we were lucky enough to get a flagKerry Bahr
OSBORNE backman Andrew Clarke has a pretty good understanding why Kerry Bahr's Jindera line-up is fit.
Clarke played alongside the former Ovens and Murray veteran in Osborne's 2009 premiership and remembers being taken aback by his work ethic.
"It was a fair while ago but he was big on fitness and getting the best out of himself," Clarke said.
"He worked hard at everything he did.
"He coaches how we plays by the look of it.
"Jindera and Osborne are both nice and fit."
After a stellar 356-match Ovens and Murray career with Lavington and Wodonga Raiders, Bahr was convinced to play out his days with long-time Lavington teammate Graham Hart at Osborne.
His last match of football was the Cats' 38-point grand final win over Jindera.
Bahr has fond memories of the season.
"I went out there for a year with 'Harty' when he was coaching and we were lucky enough to get a flag," Bahr said.
"It was good."
Jindera has made one change to its line-up with star midfielder Sam Myors returning from a knee injury.
Myors trained strongly on Thursday night and came into the side at the expense of club stalwart Mick Blomeley.
Blomely returned from a medial ligament injury against Culcairn in the preliminary final but looked hampered and the Bulldogs were forced to make a tough call at selection.
He has been named as an emergency.
Bahr said Jindera would need to bring its best form to the table to defeat Osborne.
“They are a good side but we’re looking forward to it,” he said.
“We were a bit sore after the weekend but we recovered on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and are in good shape.”
Osborne has also made one change with experienced defender Trent Haddrill coming into the side for Andrew Madden.
Despite less than 10 points separating Osborne and Jindera in their previous two meetings, nine of the 10 rival coaches believes the Cats with emerge victorious.
Osborne will join Walla as the most successful club in Hume league history if it clinches the premiership.
The Cats have 13 flags – one less than the Hoppers – despite only joining the competition with Boree Creek in 1970.
Saturday’s draw is:
Seniors: 2.15pm: Osborne v Jindera
Reserves, 12pm, Henty v Jindera
Thirds: 10am: Brock-Burrum v Lockhart
Fourths: 8.45am: Osborne v Holbrook