FINAL: Cougars coach Neil Reeve and his charges will need to be at the top of their game to beat Bordertown tomorrow. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDKANIVA-LEEOR United must overcome Bordertown to keep its season alive in an elimination final clash at Kingston on Sunday.
The Cougars were in line for a top-two finish and a double chance before four losses in the last five rounds of the home and away season saw them finish fourth.
The most recent of those defeats was to the Roosters by a whopping 115 points on Saturday.
Cougars coach Neil Reeve said it was imperative his side turned its fortunes around as quickly as possible.
“We’re going to have to be confident there is no next week,” he said.
“Obviously we got pumped at the weekend and there weren’t too many positives to take out of it.
“We just want to get back to basics leading into finals and focus on the stuff we’ve been doing well over the past six weeks rather than the stuff we haven’t been doing well over the past three weeks.”
Reeve said there was a good feeling around the club, with all four sides playing finals.
“The club didn’t play finals last year, so there’s a bit of buzz around town,” he said.
“We’re really looking forward to it.”
He predicted the senior side would have several changes.
Star players PaulAdlington, James Turner and Scott Brown are in line to return from injury, while Reeve said young gun Alex Brown would play. He said Jesse Salt and Liam Vivian would push for selection.
The Cougars will look to the likes of key forward Leigh Ryan, 52 goals, and midfielder Dylan Williams, 48 goals, to assert their authority on the contest.
Reeve said his side would have to be wary of Roosters such as Aaron Day, who kicked six goals at the weekend, ruckman Rory Tink and midfielder Steve Copestick.
Penola will face Mundulla in the qualifying final at Bordertown tomorrow.
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