Wickliffe-Lake Bolac hopes its “rejuvenated” troops can become giant killers against Lismore Derrinallum in Saturday's grand final

STEP UP: Wickliffe-Lake Bolac's Harley Hunter kicks the ball. The Magpies are set to meet Lismore Derrinallum in Saturday's Mininera and District football grand final. Picture: Tracey Kruger.
STEP UP: Wickliffe-Lake Bolac's Harley Hunter kicks the ball. The Magpies are set to meet Lismore Derrinallum in Saturday's Mininera and District football grand final. Picture: Tracey Kruger.

GRAND finalist Wickliffe-Lake Bolac hopes its “rejuvenated” troops can become giant killers as it plots the downfall of one of the competition’s front-runners.

Advancing through the Mininera and District Football League’s second semi-final, the Magpies are fresh from a week’s rest.

They’re set to meet an in-form Lismore Derrinallum.

Magpies co-coach Joe Otto said the rest had aided his side’s recovery after a bruising second semi-final.

We had a decent training session on the Saturday, but I think we’ve freshened up the boys a bit.

Joe Otto

“We definitely had a few sorer bodies after that one,” Otto said.

“We looked at the week off as big advantage. We had a decent training session on the Saturday, but I think we’ve freshened up the boys a bit.

“Hopefully we can come good this weekend.”

Otto, a former North Ballarat Rooster, expected contested ball to play a decisive role in the grand final.

“Considering we’re playing on Tatyoon, which isn’t a big oval, I think it will be a pretty contested type of game,” he said.

“Lismore are a good side. We’ve played them twice and both times have been close, so I think it’ll follow that again.”

The senior grand final will begin at 2.30pm at Tatyoon Recreation Reserve.