PORT Fairy ruckman Sandy Robinson says the Seagulls’ season-opening win over Koroit is a distant memory as they prepare to take on the triple-reigning premier in a blockbuster clash on Saturday.
The Seagulls stunned the Saints back on April 1, winning by 70 points at Gardens Oval.
“That feels like a lifetime ago,” Robinson said.
“It’ll be a lot different this time. It’ll be good to see where we’re at.”
Port Fairy and Koroit have vastly different lead-ins to the game, with the Saints scoring stirring wins over South Warrnambool, Camperdown and North Warrnambool Eagles in the past three rounds.
The Seagulls, meanwhile, have thumped Warrnambool, Hamilton Kangaroos and Portland by margins of 59, 140 and 107 respectively.
“It’ll be good for us (to take on Koroit),” Robinson said. “We’re still a week-by-week (focus) and, as it stands, it’s four points – it’s crucial the way the ladder sits.”
While the Saints have hit red-hot form since a turning-point match against Warrnambool in late May, Robinson said the Seagulls had been steadily improving, aided by the return of some stars.
Captain Dan Nicholson missed a couple of games early, while Guy Phelps has returned to past two rounds. Kaine Mercovich is still sidelined.
Robinson said the Seagulls’ ability to cover the absences so well was due to the mindset and values coach Brett Evans instilled in his players.
“It’s a reflection of Brett Evans, just that team-first footy,” the 29-year-old said.
“It’s the number-one thing on the board each week.”