ECHUCA United heads to Finley on Saturday looking to get back to its best form, with just three games left until finals.
The Eagles bounced back well from their round 13 loss to Moama, dismantling Congupna before easing to victory against Rumbalara, and would expect a similar result against the struggling Cats, yet to win a game this season.
Sixth on the table, United is locked in for finals but is still a chance to move up the table, just one game behind both Barooga and Mulwala.
‘‘We make the trip over there hoping for a very good result coming off the break,’’ Eagles’ coach Guy Campbell said.
‘‘We’ve got word there won’t be a reserves game which is always a downer as we found out two weeks ago. It changes the dynamic of the day, but we’ll adapt and work through it.’’
Finley’s fall from 2016 grand finalists to the bottom of the ladder has been one of the stories of 2017, the Cats losing a host of key players after falling by three points in last season’s decider.
Struggling for numbers, the club has only been able to put up a reserves side for five games this season, while the seniors have been regularly belted currently sitting with a percentage of just more than 20.
United was one of the teams to smash the Cats, with a 144-point result in round five, but Campbell said it was important to bring the side’s best on the weekend.
‘‘There’s no doubt each game they are improving, from early in the season not scoring to getting some score on the board and competing,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s an unknown, but it’s about what we can do, it’s in our control.
‘‘We’ll focus on our basics; kicks, marks and handballs, and our structures which are also basic. We’ll try and implement them for five minutes which leads to a quarter which leads to four, it’s what we’ve been about all season.’’
With the week off after the Rumbalara win, Campbell said the break allowed his side to freshen up, also to shake off the flu going around the club.
The Eagles’ games increase in difficulty in the next three weeks with Cobram and Numurkah to come.
‘‘It would be very nice (to win well against Finley), but we just want to build,’’ Campbell said.
‘‘Our next three games are to build, and if we lose after those that will be it for our season.
‘‘It’s about getting some momentum and setting ourselves up; our games are against a bottom, middle then top side, and we’ll look to hit the first final in form.’’