Rovers out to make perfect season with grand final win | Mininera and District Football League

The SMW Rovers have not lost a game in 2017. Picture: Tracey Kruger

The SMW Rovers have not lost a game in 2017. Picture: Tracey Kruger

SMW Rovers will hope to continue their 18-game undefeated streak when they face Glenthompson-Dunkeld in the Mininera and District Football League reserves grand final on Saturday.

The Bulldogs have not lost a game in 2017 and will go into the match as heavy favourites to make it a perfect season.

Rovers coach Daniel Mengler said the grand final will be a special moment for the team.

It is exciting for players who have not been in a grand final to absorb the moment and the feeling in the lead up,” he said.

“We will not change too much, just prepare the same we usually do and hopefully we get the win.”

Mengler said the connection between the senior and reserves team has been important this year.

“Not having lost a game has been good, it has shown the depth we have at the club,” he said.

“Our game plan has filtered down from the seniors to the reserves and the boys have been able to implement it quite well.”

The Bulldogs won their semi-final, giving them last weekend off playing.

Mengler said it was a chance to freshen up.

“It was quite a physical game against Wickliffe-Lake Bolac in the first final, so last week we had time when we could recover, go and do some physio during the week off but we have full numbers on the track this week for training,” he said.

The Bulldogs have a balanced team and no injury concerns ahead of the grand final against the Rams.

Mengler said the team will continue to do what it has done throughout the year and hope the game plan generates a win in the last game of the season.

“We have some bigger and tall bodies in the forward line along with some wise heads which helps.

“We have relied on our backline a lot this year and they have been really good, our ball movement from down there has been really strong as well

“But I think it will be a tough contest in the middle.

“Their full forward is one to watch as well but I have full confidence in our team to match up on them and do the job required.

“There is nothing new to teach the team, I feel we have had 17 or 18 games to cement our game plan and we can use that feeling and confidence despite the grand final being a different type of game.”

The first bounce for the reserves match is set for 11.45am.

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