Violet Town and Nagambie will go into battle on Sunday in a bid to keep their season alive.By Marc McGowan
A total of 14 points have separated reigning premier Violet Town and Nagambie this Kyabram District Football League season.
The elimination final combatants have split their two battles, with Hayden Lamaro’s Towners scoring the bigger of the two wins by just nine points over Linc Sullivan’s Lakers in round 16.
Put simply, it is anyone’s game when they meet at Merrigum on Sunday.
‘‘They’ve both been pretty close contests and we’re evenly matched, so we’re looking forward to the challenge,’’ Lamaro said.
‘‘They’re a good side and they’re well-coached, so we’ll have to be at our best.’’
The match could mark the end of Lamaro’s three-year coaching reign, given he has already resigned from his post.
Ben Kinnear is a certain Violet Town starter after skipping last week’s loss to Murchison to attend a wedding and fellow ex-Collingwood player Ben Johnson (strained hamstring) and Jack Smyth (calf) could also return.
John Goodson and Chris McKay will defend striking charges at the tribunal tomorrow night.
Nagambie welcomes back Brett Connors (hamstring) and Sullivan said he would otherwise face tough decisions at the selection table with a healthy list to choose from.
‘‘I reckon (we can win the premiership) — without any doubt,’’ Sullivan said.
‘‘We’ve definitely got the players there to match it with any side and we beat Stanhope during the year and have improved since then.
‘‘Murch got us on the line through the year, Merrigum just got us again a few weeks ago and we’ve beaten Violet Town once and they got us once, so we think we’re genuinely a chance.
‘‘We have to go the hard way about it, coming from fourth, and we have to win four to win it, but we’re just going to treat each week as a stepping stone.’’
Both sides have players the opposition is hell-bent on shutting down.
Lamaro listed Lakers on-ballers Mick Shiels and Tyrone Muir and spearhead Danny Haysom, while Sullivan was wary of Chris Tarrant, Kinnear and Johnson, but most of all clearance king Pat Horsburgh.
‘‘Pat Horsburgh is one of the top four players in the league and probably top two for clearances,’’ Sullivan said.
‘‘I saw him for the first time in interleague and I know they got touched up, but it would have been worse without him.’’
Hard man Brendan Gleeson, McKay and the versatile David Rigney also scored mentions off Sullivan.
Lamaro said last season’s undefeated run to the flag was irrelevant to this year and his side was not favourites.
‘‘We learned a lot from (last week’s loss to Murchison),’’ Lamaro said.
‘‘It was not the best of conditions and we didn’t start well and losing a couple off the ground (McKay and Goodson in the second term) made it tough.
‘‘We fought it out and there were good signs there and we’ve improved a hell of a lot in the last two months, but the finals are a different level.’’
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