Timboon Demons win over South Rovers means little ahead of finals says coach Mick Hunt

Momentum: Timboon Demons and Ryan Smith run into the finals on the back of a win against South Rovers on Saturday. Picture: Morgan Hancock .
Momentum: Timboon Demons and Ryan Smith run into the finals on the back of a win against South Rovers on Saturday. Picture: Morgan Hancock .

Timboon Demons won its final game of the home and away season by 16 points against South Rovers on Saturday.

The two teams meet again in Sunday’s elimination final.

But when asked if the win gave his side a mental advantage coach Mick Hunt delivered one of his trademark responses.

"Oh look, everybody will talk about that. But do you know what, it doesn't matter a rat's. If you want me to be honest, it does not matter a rat's,” he said.

"What does matter is that it was our home game, so wouldn't you think that if you lost a home game in the last game of the year you'd be thinking to yourself (the opposite).

"If it had have gone the other way would it have been an advantage? who knows. All I know is we are playing at the Mack (Oval) I understand, and we’re playing South Rovers.”

Plenty of intrigue surrounded how much these teams would give away to each other ahead of the final.

Hunt revealed, with a laugh, one thing he learnt about the opposition. "The little bloke (Jake Butler) in the forward pocket can kick goals,” he said.

"He got off the chain for about five minutes and kicked three quick ones.”

The Demons mentor said he did not feel the pre-finals contest exposed anything new about either side.

"I don't think they played too much of their hand and we certainly didn't do anything different, we just left it as it was pretty much,” Hunt said.

"I would have thought we'd go into next week's game and it’s all going to be ducks and drakes, but that doesn't bother me.

"At the end of the day if you keep winning you are OK.

"I think South Rovers on their day can beat anybody. But I think we can too, let's put it that way."

It was mixed day for South Rovers’ Nathan Murphy. The impressive midfielder played his 200th club game in the loss.

"Being able to play 200 games of footy at one club has just been good to be involved in that club atmosphere,” he said.

"And you know whatever happens during the week you can turn up to training and game day and you've got some good people around you that can help out and are willing to give their time.

"Just very grateful to turn up on a Saturday and have the opportunity to have a kick around with your mates.”

Murphy said heading into the game with little fuss made about his milestone was his preference.

"It’s a good achievement and some others have been able to do it at the club, but it was pretty low key which is what I appreciated,” he said.

"Hopefully we have some bigger fish to fry coming into the finals and can get some wins in the finals and go deep into the finals, that's what will mean more to me.”