IN: Taylors Lake’s Nathan Koenig will play in the team’s last game of the season on Saturday, only weeks after suffering a suspected serious knee injury. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
Ground: Dock Lake Reserve, Saturday, 2.20pm.
Umpires: J. Taylor and L. Campbell.
Last time they met: Round nine, 2014. Taylors Lake 12.12 (84) d Noradjuha-Quantong 12.9 (81).
WHILE Taylors Lake and Noradjuha-Quantong’s respective ladder positions suggest Saturday’s match will be a dead rubber, it is anything but for the two clubs.
Both teams sit on five wins for the year and while adding one more will do little for their ladder position, it would be a big psychological boost.
Noradjuha-Quantong could still finish sixth – the best of the non-finals sides – if it wins well and Natimuk United loses by a big margin to Laharum.
The last time the sides met produced a thriller, with the Lakers clawing their way back from a big deficit to snatch a three-point victory with a goal in the dying seconds.
Taylors Lake coach Deek Roberts said his team needed to use what worked well for it in that game.
“We ended up getting ourselves behind by so much that we just threw caution to the wind and took risks,” he said.
“We’re at our best when we attack the ball like we did in that game, so I want to see us doing that.
“There is really nothing to lose in this game, but I think there is still plenty to be gained from winning.”
Jeames Offer, unavailable, is the only confirmed out for Taylors Lake, but Roberts said he could make as many as four changes at training.
He said more experienced reserves players, including former coach Ian McCulloch, could be called up to help combat the Bombers.
In more positive news for the team, Nathan Koenig pulled up well from Saturday’s match only weeks after suffering a suspected serious knee injury.
The forward’s specialist said it was not as severe as initially feared and he will play on Saturday.
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