Cutters control their destiny

By Jamie Lowe

Mathoura's Picola & District League finals destiny is in their own hands.

If the Timbercutters defeat Katunga tomorrow they will taste knockout action for the first time since 2011.

Darcy Robinson's troops know exactly the task ahead of them, and have been primed by two virtual elimination finals against Picola United and Jerilderie in the past fortnight.

The Swans lost to Katamatite by 47 points last time out in a valiant effort.

The last time these sides met it was Mathoura that held on to a thrilling one point victory, after Katunga missed a shot on goal after the siren.

Robinson said that because of this, both sides have plenty to play for.

"They can't make finals but there will be plenty of pride to play for," he said.

"They're a young side, just like us, so we know if we give them a sniff they'll take it with both hands.

"Katunga are getting enough ball each week to kick a decent score so we'll have to be wary of that.

"While we've been in good form recently, we still have only been showing glimpses.

"We only played one solid quarter of footy last week. It's hard enough to win a home and away game with one good quarter and you'll never win a finals game with one good quarter, so that's something we will need to work on."

Mathoura will head into the clash with no clear changes to the side, with everyone available to play again this week.

With the squad at full strength, along with the team looking set to play finals, Robinson said the vibe at the club has never been better since his time at Mathoura.

"We got through last week okay, with only a few sore bodies, but we will have a full list to pick from," he said.

"There are some positive signs from the club and you can tell.

"People are coming out of the woodwork to come watch us play each week.

"It's great for the town of Mathoura as well, with everyone constantly talking about footy again.

"The reserves are also have a fair bit to play for this weekend, if they win they also make finals.

"If we can get both senior footy sides in finals that would just cap off a great year."

Selection: Mathoura by 23 points.