Magpies out to go one better in 2017 | Mininera and District Football League

DECIDER: The Magpies won their last grand final in 2013 but will get a chance to add to the trophy cabinet on Saturday. Picture: Peter Pickering

DECIDER: The Magpies won their last grand final in 2013 but will get a chance to add to the trophy cabinet on Saturday. Picture: Peter Pickering

Wickliffe-Lake Bolac will be hoping to go one better than in 2016 when it faces Lismore-Derrinallum in the Mininera and District Football League senior grand final on Saturday.

The Magpies lost the 2016 grand final to Tatyoon with the team going into the season decider ready for another tough battle.

They played each other in the qualifying final with the Magpies getting the win by 22 points, a result they will be hoping to repeat in the season decider.

Wickliffe-Lake Bolac coach Joe Otto said the qualifying final win against the Demons will give the Magpies an edge ahead of the grand final.

“It definitely gives the boys confidence to know we can beat them,” he said.

“But the Demons are a good team and we know we will have to be at our best to beat them on Saturday.”

The Magpies will have more finals experience in their team, compared to the 2016 team, something Otto said should hold Wickliffe-Lake Bolac in good stead for the pressure of the game.

“I think it does a little bit, we have got some new guys but for the guys who played last year, they will get a bit more motivation from that,” he said.

“I think both teams have got good midfields, so I think it would be a pretty competitive match from both teams.”

Lismore-Derrinallum’s Michael Lockyer is fresh of a league best and fairest win and will be important to his team’s flag aspirations.

Otto said he is yet to decide how he will approach the task of trying to curb Lockyer’s influence on the game.

“Michael is a super player and has had a really good year, we are weary of him but whether we run a tag with him we’ll have to assess before the game,” he said.

“We have got a good bunch of players to choose from for the game including a group of reserves players who will put their hands up for selection.”

The senior match is scheduled for a 2.30pm first bounce.

The premiership and best on ground medal presentations will take place on the oval following the final siren of the match.

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