Port Fairy has downplayed its disappointing form ahead of Saturday’s qualifying final against Camperdown.
The Seagulls have lost their past three Hampden league matches including a 69-point belting from the Magpies last weekend.
Dylan Herbertson said the hat-trick of losses had not effected his side which was confident going into the final at Cobden.
“Not personally it hasn’t and it hasn’t hurt us too much. We all stick together and just stick to our guns,” he said.
“Finals are pretty much a whole new ball game.
“I think it just comes down to who is ready on the day and which team gets its hands on the ball first and settles first.”
The 27-year-old said Port Fairy would look for more stability in its structures and game plan.
“We had been trying to change things up and had been doing a bit of tinkering leading into finals,” he said.
“And now it is just a matter of going back to the basics and playing the style of footy we want to play.
“Which we played through the middle parts of the season where we link up, use the ball well and hit key targets.”
Herbertson said his side’s finals experience would be beneficial come Saturday.
"We picked up blokes like Matty Pitt who has played finals footy as have other blokes like Jackson Hollmer, Dan Nicholson and Sandy Robinson," he said.
"So we will draw confidence from them.
“And Isaac Martin, Kaine Mercovich and and Matty Pitt have all really stood up and have been consistent.”
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