DEFENDING premier Warrnambool carries no psychological scarring of three losses to Koroit this season, according to Blues coach Scott Carter.
Carter yesterday dismissed any notion Koroit had a crucial edge in the mind games leading up to Saturday’s grand final at Reid Oval and instead started his own.
Koroit will start hot favourite on the back of three wins against the Blues this season, the most recent a 27-point victory in the second semi-final.
“I thought second semi-final day when we left the ground we didn’t think it would be a mountain too high to climb,” Carter said of another meeting with the Saints.
“We still think there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”
Carter said the Blues were looking forward to the challenge.
“We won’t be dying wondering. We will look to take the game on more (than the second semi-final),” the coach said.
The Blues qualified for their sixth consecutive grand final with a 69-point win over North Warrnambool Eagles on Saturday — their fifth preliminary final victory in six years. They won the second semi-final last year before clinching the flag.
“Winning a preliminary final by 70-odd points is great for your confidence and belief,” Carter said.
Warrnambool’s six consecutive grand final appearances takes it within one of Terang’s run of seven straight appearances in the season-decider between 1976 and 1982, which included two premierships.
Saturday’s win took the Blues one ahead of South Warrnambool’s five consecutive grand final appearances between 1988 and 1992 when it won two flags.
Carter said the Blues were proud of the achievement but they wanted their third premiership in six years.
“It’s a pretty good effort,” he said.
“The vast majority is home-grown talent.
“You are only as good as your juniors these days.”
Both the Blues and Koroit train tonight.
Carter said his players would only be on the track for a short period and forecast another light night on Thursday.