CAMPERDOWN coach Tracey Baker feels the Magpies are better placed finishing second rather than claiming the minor premiership
The Pies have finished atop the Hampden league A grade ladder the past three seasons only to stumble in the finals.
Camperdown meets Port Fairy in today’s qualifying final at Terang Recreation Reserve.
Baker said the Pies had adopted a “one week at a time” mentality as their search for an elusive flag enters another finals campaign.
“(We want to) keep our motivation going. We’ve won our last seven games,” she said. “We said at training last night that it feels good going into finals and not having the rest.”
Camperdown and Port Fairy have shared the spoils this season.
The Seagulls won their round four clash 54-36 and the Magpies reversed the result in round 13, winning 45-44.
Baker said the Pies had learnt from those matches and wanted to maximise their flexibility.
“In the first game of the season it was fairly one-sided. They won fairly convincingly,” she said. “We were missing Emma Wright and Gen Darcy and had Kate Wilson play.
“We had a combination we weren’t familiar with and they jumped us at the start.
“In the second round we had gelled together and knew what we were up against.”
Baker said the Seagulls were formidable opponents.
“I don’t think they have a weak link all over the court,” she said.
“They are hard at it. They are as strong in defence as they are in goals.”
Port Fairy coach Emma O’Keeffe said the Seagulls had overcome a form slump and took confidence from their final round win over elimination finalist Terang Mortlake into today’s clash.
“I think we are in a lot better head space at the moment,” she said.
“It had been four weeks since we’d had a win. We’d had a couple of losses and a draw.
“Having a win means it’s been a lot more positive. We are really prepared going into finals.”