AT the halfway point of the season Milawa is looking to cement its claim to a top-two finish in the Ovens and King league when it takes on Greta on Saturday.
“Our aim hasn’t changed from round 1,” co-coach Luke O’Keefe said.
“We will do everything we can to try and finish in that top two, there’s a clear advantage in doing that.
“We’ve had good results playing competitive sides in the past few weeks and Greta will be no different — we have to win all games if we want to be top two.”
O’Keefe said he was pleased with the Demons’ form, having recently dispatched Whorouly and Bonnie Doon.
“We’re running games out well which is pleasing,” he said.
“We had a big pre-season and that’s starting to pay dividends now — we’re staying in games and we’ve been able to put the foot down after half time.”
O’Keefe credited Brendan Gamze as the mastermind behind the pre-season build up.
“He put a lot of work and thought into it — it was really tough but we’re getting the results for it now,” he said.
But even with the best-laid plans, some things are simply out of your hands.
Against Whorouly last week, the Demons lost Andrew Hamilton with a hamstring injury, and co-coach John Conroy will be out indefinitely with a broken jaw.
“There were a couple of frustrating injuries out of our game with Whorouly,” O’Keefe said.
“But John will certainly do everything in his power to get back.
“And we should see Brent Newton back in the ruck this week ... we’ll be comfortable with the team we’ll put out.”
And there have been plenty of positives for the Demons, keeping their top two ambitions well and truly alive.
“Co-captains Ben Clarke and Jack Stamp have been outstanding leading the way in the midfield,” O’Keefe said.
“And Nathan Hooper who had an injury-interrupted season last year has really been hitting his straps — he kicked eight against Whorouly.”