Redeyes coach Rob Wren is confident ahead of his side's Picola and District Football League preliminary final.
Blighty coach Rob Wren says there is plenty of positives to bring into tomorrow’s preliminary final against Strathmerton.
The Redeyes have won three hard games in a row and will be buoyed by the fact they are one of the few team to have beaten Strathy this year.
‘‘We had a good win against them three or four weeks ago and I think we have probably won about five of our eight quarters against them for the year,’’ Wren said
‘‘There’s plenty of positives there and we definitely don’t think we can’t beat them.’’
Tomorrow’s do-or-die clash will be played at Yarroweyah from 2pm.
Providing onballer Brett Clarke and defender Harry Eastman get through training, Wren will have a full squad to choose from for just the ‘‘second time this year’’.
‘‘Clarkey looks like he will be right but it’s Harry that’s a bit harder to monitor,’’ the coach said.
‘‘He had a bit of concussion, but at this stage they both should be right to play.’’
Wren said long-time Redeyes backman Sam Callanan would probably stay in the reserves.
Callanan has played the last two games in the reserves and has only managed 11 senior matches for the year.
‘‘There’s two reasons (why Callanan has been playing reserves),’’ Wren said.
‘‘One, he gets away a lot with work and misses training, which effects his fitness.
‘‘And two, against Berrigan and this week it’s hard to find a match up for him because they (the opposition) have a smaller side.
‘‘Jack Eastman and Tubby (Matt Tubb) are both showing good form at the moment so whether he (Callanan) can break into the side I don’t know.’’
One of the small players Wren is referring to is mercurial Bulldogs forward Josh Evans.
The champion goal-kicker has drilled 110 majors this year, many of them slipping under the radar.
Emerging Redeyes talent Zeb Wilson will have the task of trying to shut down Evans.
‘‘Zebby has played on him before. He’s being doing the lock-down role really well,’’ Wren said.
‘‘His last six or so weeks have been fantastic.’’
Blighty’s Jack Eastman will go head-to-head with powerful target Adam Laidlaw (74 goals).
At the other end, Brody Lumber’s return to the goal square appears ominous for the Bulldogs.
The Redeyes big man has kicked 17 goals since Drew Plattfuss relieved him of rucking duties three weeks ago.
Lumber forms a dangerous attack with fellow tall Brad Todd, while Zeke Flanagan snaps up all the crumbs and has 52 goals to his name in 2013.
But the best match-ups of the day will come from the middle of the ground.
Blighty’s Brad Robson, Jamie Chadderton, Kyel Bain, Clarke and Judd Barnes have all been on fire lately.
They come up against in-form Strathy midfielders Jose Tejones, Adrian Crestani, Luke Carter, Chris Skolyarev and coach Shaun Downie, who doesn’t mind a stint up forward.
With so many players capable or burning the opposition, tomorrow’s result will go to whichever team can best shrug the hard tag.
‘‘We want to lock down on all of their players across the field,’’ Wren said.
‘‘We’ll be playing pretty defensive.’’
Selection: Blighty by two goals.
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