COBDEN coach Wayne Roberston says Warrnambool won’t take a psychological edge into today’s Hampden league qualifying final.
The Bombers have lost their past 14 matches against the Blues, including last year’s grand final.
Robertson said Cobden, which hasn’t dropped a game since its round 11 loss to Warrnambool, didn’t have any fears about playing its bogey side at Terang Recreation Reserve today.
The Blues claimed a 14-point win in round two and 21-point win in round 11, on a day when Cobden was without premier ruckman Levi Dare.
“Every time we’ve played Warrnambool we’ve been right in the game and Warrnambool has sustained better footy for longer and gotten across the line,” Robertson said.
“We are confident our side can beat Warrnambool if we play to our ability.”
Robertson said the Blues had no weak links, making every contest important.
“Warrnambool’s depth is one of their keys. They play right down to their 21st player,” he said.
“Warrnambool’s foot skills are very, very good and damaging at times, so we know we have to apply enormous pressure to the ball carrier. When their forwards move into space they are very dangerous.”
Warrnambool coach Scott Carter said past results were history.
“We have to play in the present. The last eight rounds they’re the form side of the competition,” he said.
“From last year’s side they have improved. They’ve added (Brody) Mahoney, (Sam) Harkin and (Daryl) Beechey.
“They are a quick running side. No doubt Levi Dare is the most influential player in the competition.
“Paul Foster and Joe Dare are quality onballers and Sam Harkin has added a fair bit of zip to the side. He’s very good at finding space for himself.”
Carter said the Blues entered the qualifying final in strong shape.
“Come finals, you don’t want to be hesitant,” he said.
“Finals are won by sides with an even spread across the board. It’s been proven time and time again that individuals don’t win finals.”
The qualifying final doubles as Cobden defender Greg Tongs’ 300th club game and Sam Uwland’s 50th senior game.
Warrnambool named midfielder Tim Hunt in its side, despite doubt over the Maskell medallist’s fitness.
A groin injury hampered Hunt against North Warrnambool Eagles in the final home-and-away round.