Tarrawingee Bulldogs look for inspiration

Kyle Raven
Kyle Raven

TARRAWINGEE coach Kyle Raven is hoping last weekend’s backs-to-the-wall win inspires his team in Saturday’s preliminary final against Milawa at Tarrawingee.

The Bulldogs battled injuries and send-offs in their fighting victory over Bright and Raven wants his team to bring the same hunger to the table.

“It was a super win,” he said.

“We played 17 on 18 for 30 minutes with Jamie Bell sent off twice.

“I was rapt with the way the boys held up.

“We didn’t have any rotations after half-time so it was good for our self-belief.

“Hopefully we can take that commitment into Saturday.”

Tarrawingee won by 47 points over Bright, while Milawa paid the price for a slow start in losing to Glenrowan by 30 points.

Demon co-coach Luke O’Keefe believes little separates the teams.

“It’s a great rivalry and we have lot of respect for them,” he said.

“It should be a ripping game and I would be surprised if it didn’t go down to the last 10 minutes to be honest. We expect nothing else.”

Milawa will be wary of Tarrawingee spearhead Hamish Moore, who destroyed Bright last weekend and has 133 goals for the season, while Jordan Solimo also shapes as a key.

The Demons hope to regain Anthony McGuire and Ray Ussher.

O’Keefe described Milawa’s first quarter against Glenrowan as average and said the Demons needed to play with more consistency.

“We will need to get it right from the start on Saturday,” he said.

“Saying that, I thought Karl Norman played the most dominant quarter I have seen in the Ovens and King.

“He was unstoppable.”