Strong finish crucial to finals race

Colac Tigers are a chance to maintain their fifth place with a favourable draw leading into finals.

BOUNCING back from their loss to Bell Park is on top of the Colac Tigers’ list of priorities as the race to finals heats up.

The Tigers sit in fifth spot, tied on points and wins with St Marys, as the teams enter this weekend’s Geelong Football League bye round.

Colac’s draw is an enviable one – they face just two top-five sides in their remaining six games.

And if all goes to plan for coach Matt Gibson and his men, the Tigers should hold on to claim fifth spot from the Saints, who have clashes against three top-five sides including 2010 grand finalists South Barwon and Bell Park.

“We’ve addressed that we need to finish strongly and we need to win the majority, if not all, to cement our spot in the five,” Gibson said.

Bar last round’s 95-point loss to ladder-leader Bell Park, the Tigers looked to be entering the home stretch into finals in impressive form.

They had won three of their past four games and sent a message to the league that they were true contenders with an upset drubbing of reigning premier South Barwon.

Gibson admitted his team needed to lift after the loss to the Dragons, but said his team was capable of defeating top-five sides St Josephs and Newtown and Chilwell despite losing to them earlier in the season.

“We’re playing a lot better footy, take away the game against Bell Park, it’s all about getting back to the way we were playing and playing to our strengths, then I think we’d be more than even to beat Newtown or Joeys,” he said.

“The break’s been at a good time to freshen up a bit and rest the bodies, we’ll get a couple of guys coming back and we’ll get games into them so when we do get to finals they’re in good condition.

“The guys are fully aware what’s required, it’s just about making sure we apply that every single week, against Bell Park we didn’t.”

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