Sharks' form gives confidence

Deloraine's Dylan Schnoor handballs in last week's game against South Launceston.

Deloraine's Dylan Schnoor handballs in last week's game against South Launceston.

HILLWOOD and Deloraine will battle it out in tomorrow's NTFA division 1 preliminary final at Youngtown with a grand final spot against South Launceston up for grabs for the victor.

Local footy fans can look forward to another high quality finals game between two very good sides with margins of five points and seven points separating them the two times they have met this season - in Deloraine's favour.

The Roos went down to South in last week's second semi by 28 points while the Sharks were impressive in knocking Bridgenorth out of the finals' race with their second consecutive finals victory.

"We've been playing good football at the right time of the year," Hillwood coach Max Pearce said.

"And to get as much confidence as we have the last two weeks has been really good as long as we can continue that form."

Pearce was rapt with their performance in beating Bridgenorth saying his players played to their full potential.

"I've been trying to get that out of them all year and hopefully they can continue on playing at their full potential," he said.

The Sharks have had contributors across all lines and will boosted by the return of two more players in Josh Moore and David Rodman this week giving them a full-strength side.

"We've felt we matched pretty well with Deloraine during the year but just haven't got over the line but finals football is a different kettle of fish and anything can happen," Pearce said.

"You have to mindful of certain players but you don't necessarily have to match up on them - I just let my guys play their own game and the bigger the ground the better we seem to go."

Deloraine coach Rory Mansell was disappointed again with a lapse in one quarter that cost them against South.

"Same old story with us - not switched on for four quarters and it cost us and last week it was 15 minutes in the third quarter," he said.

"We're still learning these lessons that if you don't play four quarters against these good sides it makes it difficult for everyone.

"We have no doubt our best is good enough to match it with anyone but it's putting it together for four quarters."

Mansell said the Sharks were peaking at the right time of the year and were impressive in beating Bridgenorth.

"We're going to have our work cut out for us but again it's all about effort for four quarters for us and if we can do that we will give ourselves a good chance to beat them.

"We have to pressure them with one on one footy and not allow them to run.

"When they can attack they are a very hard to stop but we feel our defence did very well last week and if we can stop them attacking and get enough ball to our forwards that's where we will have an advantage."

The Roos have some players under injury clouds with Dylan Riley done for the season.


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