CAMPERDOWN coach Bernard Moloney is confident the Magpies’ wayward goal-kicking can improve in their final round match against South Warrnambool today.
The finals-bound Magpies have kicked more behinds than goals in 10 of their 17 matches.
Moloney said it was just as much about forward line entries as it was kicking at goal.
He said it was paramount the Pies found forward line options in prime goal-kicking spots, rather than out wide near the boundary line.
“We get ourselves in a position to blow someone away and don’t kick well,” Moloney said.
“Some guys who are missing like Dan Casey, who is a beautiful kick for goal but it’s not quite working.
“We have to kick to the right spots.”
Moloney said Camperdown would use today’s clash at Leura Oval to fine-tune for its elimination final.
“It’s about making sure we have all the things in place we want to — good ball use, defensive pressure, clearance work and kicking straight,” he said.
“It’s all mental now, you’re not going to get fitter or stronger.”
Moloney said he expected bottom-placed South Warrnambool to come out firing.
“They are sending off Matty Peake so they will be playing at their best,” he said.
Roosters coach Matthew Peake said the final game was a character test for his inexperienced side. “We want to finish on a positive note. It is the last game and there is not a lot to play for but we hope the guys turn up and want to have pride in their own performance,” Peake said.
“You go into every game thinking you can potentially win. We want to finish the season well rather than roll over.
“They (Camperdown) won’t want lulls in their performance prior to finals.
“They are always hard to beat in Camperdown. We have our work cut out for us.”
Peake said the Roosters’ Thursday night training session was “pretty casual”, in part due to the inclement weather and state of the ground and also had an emphasis on fun.