Defending Ovens and Murray A-grade premiers Yarrawonga have taken a vastly different approach to their flag defence.
The Pigeons have just two players (Caitlin O’Dwyer and Annalise Grinter) from the side that took down Lavington in last year’s decider and are still tinkering with combinations heading into another finals series.
Yarrawonga (fourth) hosts Wodonga Raiders on Saturday and can sneak into the top-three if Corowa-Rutherglen upsets third-placed North Albury.
Pigeons’ coach Bridget Cassar hopes her side can consolidate four-quarter intensity this weekend.
“The kids have had a good opportunity, we’ve exposed some really good young players against good teams and we’re still fourth,” Cassar said.
“I think we’ve played 16 or 17 girls through our A-grade, which is fantastic as well.
“Our aim was always to make finals and it would be handy to have that top-three finish, but it’s not necessary.
“You can be better off playing each week and not having time off.
“We matched Lavi (last week), so we know we’re thereabouts, and whatever happens this week depends on who we play next week.
“The top-five is pretty tight I reckon, it’s whoever’s there on the day.”
Cassar has four players that have reached their quota in either A or B grade, which has created the odd selection headache.
“We’ve juggled players around this year through injury, unavailability, pregnancy and we’ll still take that week by week depending on match-ups,” she said.
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