BORDER-Walwa coach Craig Bosley believes last weekend’s narrow loss to Federal could be a blessing in disguise heading into Saturday’s return bout in the first semi-final at Corryong.
”If we had won by two points, we could be sitting too comfortably,” Bosley said.
“We will swing a few changes and put a few things in place and play a bit differently this time.
“I’m sure they will too.”
Both sides are expected to make changes for Saturday’s clash with last year’s Magpie best and fairest winner Dylan Muggavan one of several players set to undergo a fitness test.
He hasn’t played since June 17.
“We are sweating on a few,” Bosley said.
“Muggavan and a couple of the McCarthy boys will be looked at.”
Federal has injury clouds hanging over Tim Seymour and Ash Tyrell but could welcome back defender Cam Tyrell.
The Swans won their three head-to-head battles during the home and away series and coach Gerard Midson is happy with their preparation.
“Our form has been pretty good,” Midson said.
“We have improved a lot since the start of the season and the most important thing for us is putting in a four-quarter effort.
“Border-Walwa got away from us early last week which wasn’t ideal but we finished strongly and ran the game out well with our kicking for goal a lot better.”
Bullioh and Corryong will clash in next weekend’s Upper Murray second semi-final at Bullioh.