Roos to squeeze home in close one

Bryce Campbell and Troy Maiden
Bryce Campbell and Troy Maiden

WHEN I look at Corowa-Rutherglen I see a very disciplined team.

While the Roos haven’t got as many big names as the other top five teams, coach Bryce Campbell has been squeezing the best out of his list all year.

At the start of the season I’m told they trained for 90 minutes without touching the balls to test their mental resolve.

I think they will win Sunday’s elimination final, but it won’t be easy.

The biggest challenge Wangaratta Rovers coach Paul Maher would have faced this week is instilling self-belief back into his players.

The Hawks haven’t set on the world on fire in the second half of the season and were very fortunate to beat Wodonga last weekend and edge out Wangaratta for fifth spot.

But they have too many good players in Sam Carpenter, Sean O’Keeffe, Tyson Hartwig, Jamie Sheehan, Alex Marklew and Daniel Archer to be completely dismissed.

They have taken it right up to Corowa-Rutherglen twice during the home and away series and Maher has to get the message through that tomorrow is the start of a new season.

The verdict: Corowa- Rutherglen by 15 points.