St Arnaud confident of victory against Birchip-Watchem

IMPACT PLAYER: Nick Coghlan will be a key for his club in its finals match on Saturday. Picture: CONTRIBUTED TEAM: St Arnaud’s finals team for the weekend.
Nanjing Night Net

ST ARNAUD president Brett Douglas is confident his club has what it takes to knock off Birchip-Watchem in their first semi-final clash at Donald Recreation Reserve tomorrow.

The Saints, who finished third, will face the Bulls, fourth, for the right to play the loser of the qualifying final between Wedderburn and Charlton.

Douglas said the Saints, who have accounted for the Bulls on two of three occasions this season, were ready to battle after having a bye.

“It was great to have the week off we needed it with a couple of injuries,” he said.

“There are no second chances from here.

“We’ve got to win tomorrow before we look further down the track.”

Douglas said both sides had similar strengths.

“We watched their game on Saturday,” he said.

“We’ll be trying to move the ball pretty quickly and keep the ball away from their dangerous forwards.

“They’re a good running side as well.

“We just hope we can win the ball out of the centre.”

Douglas said the Saints could be boosted by a number of inclusions. He said Jimmy Wray and Lee Stewart would strengthen the side’s on-ball department, while key defender Dan McGrath and forward Nick Baldwin could also return from injury.

Coach James McNamee has led the Saints’ charge in the second half of the season, while forwards Daniel Needs, 60 goals, and Nick Coghlan, 45, will both be key to the club’s chances of reaching a second final.

“We’ve got a pretty good forward line with Needs and Coghlan,” Douglas said.

“If we can get the ball to them quickly we can hopefully expose the Bulls that way.”

Douglas said the Saints would have to be wary of several Bulls stars, including small forward Dan Castellano, 64 goals, and ruckman Zac Holmes.

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