Violet Town has stayed positive in the wake of a disappointing second semi-final defeat last Saturday.
The Towners took out the Kyabram District Football League minor premiership, but went down to Nagambie by 16 points.
Violet Town playing coach Sean Horsburgh said his side knew where it went wrong and hoped to rectify those issues in Saturday’s preliminary final against Avenel.
‘‘Obviously you pick apart a game like that and dissect and try to use it going forward,’’ Horsburgh said.
‘‘But we’re going into a prelim final and you don’t have a lot of time to look back, so the boys have stayed positive because we’ve worked all year to get a second chance and we intend to use it.’’
Not many players performed near their best on the big stage, with Nagambie, winner of two of the past three premierships, using its experience to progress to another grand final.
Horsburgh will be looking to players such as Nate Trotter, John Woodock and Sam Poole to lift after being down against the Lakers.
Zach Economu was outstanding for the Towners, as was Ryan Sutherland and Pat Horsburgh, while Rob Staff and Ash Hobbs kicked five of the eight goals between them.
But there were not enough contributors, with Violet Town’s consistency and depth lifting it to greater heights during the home-and-away season.
The Towners had two epic contests with Avenel during the year, winning both of them by 10 and 18 points.
‘‘It will be a very tough game, they (Avenel) showed on the weekend what a great side they are and they’ve been in some good form since early in the season,’’ Horsburgh said.
‘‘Previous games don’t count for much in finals though; Nagambie showed that last week.’’