NORTHERN BULLANTS coach David Teague is hopeful that fielding one of his strongest teams will upset the third-placed Casey Scorpions today.
Last year’s grand finallists have struggled to reach the great heights of 2009, but the Bullants will have plenty of ammunition and no excuses today with the likes of Andrew Walker, Brad Fisher, Brock McLean, Bret Thornton, Chris Yarran and Setanta o’hAilpin.
“We knew we have to go into the finals with a bit of form under our belt and this is hopefully the first step in that direction,” Teague said.
“We need to be competitive with the top teams because we’ve struggled against Williamstown and Box Hill,” he said.
Ashley Arrowsmith has had a rollercoaster season up forward and in defence. But the former West Coast rookie is still in the mix for another crack in the AFL if he fine tunes some areas of his game according to Teague.
The return of McLean and Yarran from injury further bolsters the list.
Meanwhile at Williamstown, Skipper Brett Johnson is confident that new coach Peter German and a strong leadership group can shake off the clubs’ September hoodoo of recent times.
The former Hawk, who was best on ground last week against Werribee, is adamant the league leaders can remain focused to be the legitimate premiership contender to reigning premier North Ballarat.
“Years gone by we’ve sort of fallen away this time of year so it was really important to put in a good performance tonight,” Johnson said.
“We’ve got a new group and we’ve got a bit of resolve about us this year,” he said.
By Brent Diamond