CONTEST: Justin Summons and Shane Field battle during last year’s elimination final. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRISTAWELL will welcome Ararat to its Central Park fortress on Saturday as the Warriors and Rats clash in a replay of last year’s rain-soakedelimination final.
The Warriors will welcome back Dave Morris and Jesse Poulton for the round-four Wimmera Football League clash, while live wire Jackson Dark will return from injury through the reserves line-up.
Coach Brad Thomas said the focus would be on themselves once again, rather than worrying about their opposition.
“We took a lot out of last week and there’s a lot of areas we want to improve on,” he said.
“We’re not focusing too much on them. We need to go out there and set ourselves to get the four points.
“As soon as you start worrying too much about your opposition or anything else, your mind is off the job at hand.”
Thomas acknowledged the rivalry between the two clubs was there, and was wary the Rats will be keen to turn the tables on the 2015 elimination final loss, but said he hoped his charges would attack the contest fiercely regardless.
“You hope you do that every week, and I hope we can do it on Saturday,” he said.
“We’ve got some big inclusions this week. We really missed Dave Morris around the stoppages last week.”
Thomas said voice around the ground was paramount from all players.
“You don’t have to be the best player to talk on the footy field,” he said.
“It’s just the little things, but in saying that, the boys aredoing a fantastic job so far.”
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