Mooroopna and Tatura are taking different approaches to tomorrow’s contest.
Both are a chance of experiencing a rare win and Cats coach Dale Osborne can sense a victory.
‘‘I think we go in with a bit of belief we can get the job done, we had a reasonable game against Benalla (last week) and have been playing good footy,’’ he said.
Having been level at half-time against the Saints, Osborne said following the game accepting a loss was no longer a satisfactory mindset.
He said he continued to address this with the players, reiterating that the amount of honourable losses needed to decrease.
‘‘A lot is definitely spoken about it and it’s not a culture we want around the football club and we’re doing everything that we can to get the rewards that we deserve,’’ Osborne said.
Conversely, Bulldogs coach Jamason Daniels is trying not to heap pressure on his side, aware the match carried the prospect of its first win since round two.
‘‘I think we have to approach it not thinking that we need to win, Mooroopna have really improved across the course of the year and they’ll be just as hungry as we are given they’ve only won one game across the past two years,’’ he said.
Last time they met, the Bulldogs trounced the Cats by 64 points, with Mooroopna veteran Kane Boyer suffering a season-ending knee injury.
But Osborne said there would not be a repeat of that effort.
‘‘It was definitely our worst performance of the year, but we’ll build on the confidence we’ve displayed in a lot of performances since then, we’ve played good footy against some top sides,’’ he said.
With Romain Grenville (23 goals) and Nathan Turner (21) clearly leading the scoring ranks, Osborne said ruckman Lachie Devine had the potential to be a third key goal-kicker for his side.
‘‘I’d like our midfielders to kick more goals, but Lachie Devine will play forward, I’ll be playing forward a bit this week, but I’d like to have a whole spread of goal-kickers rather than relying on two or three,’’ he said.
Tatura’s chances receive a major boost with Chris Ryan returning from Victoria Country commitments and captain Tom Miller continues to impress since returning from an ankle injury a month ago.
‘‘He’s really building, he’s an A-grade player and is always going to play well for us no matter what fitness level he’s at,’’ Daniels said.
‘‘Last week he went to another level again and is improving and keeps getting better and better and we’re looking to him to do that again.’’