TELSTRA Store Olympians will take some heart from their last match-up with Services but know they’re going to have to step it up again to make the grand final.
Services aren’t the minor premiers for no reason and will take some beating tomorrow.
For Olympians, the key will be scoring goals. The last few weeks their defence has been in pretty good order.
“We need to score goals,” Olympians coach Andrew Farmilo said.
“We had our chances against them last time but we couldn’t convert them.”
Apart from once.
The 2-1 result was the closest they’ve got to them but even in that game they were on the back foot, which is something they need to change.
“We don’t seem to put pressure on them with early goals,” Farmilo said.
“I think we’ve been on the back foot every game.”
The midfield battle will also be imperative.
“If we can minimise what they do in the midfield and hopefully shut down what they’ve got up front that will help us,” Farmilo said.
He said last game Services didn’t have Michelle Aslin and with her up front more questions will be asked of Olympians’ defence.
For them, Alice Arnott returns after missing last weekend’s semi-final due to state training.
“That’ll be good for us up front,” Farmilo said.
By making the final they have already gone one step further than last year but they are keen to go another step, and Farmilo believes they can.
“If the girls play to their potential they could possibly win it,” he said.
Services were forced to take the preliminary final route after being beaten by Flames last week and coach Andrew Davy is expecting it to be tough to earn another crack at them.
“I’ve said to the girls we’re really going to have to earn a place in the grand final,” he said.
“If we’re to get there we’ll have to play very well.”
He again pinpointed the midfield as to where it would be determined.
“They have a talented group of players in the middle,” he said.
They have to limit their opportunities, much as they did against Flames last week.
One way they can do that is through their press.
Last week they couldn’t quite get it to work effectively.
“We didn’t have players in the right position to deny their players an outlet,” Davy said.
“We need to put pressure on them coming out of defence to deny opportunities for their midfield.”
He’ll also be looking to his team to finish better.
“I thought we created enough opportunities on the weekend but we didn’t finish well,” he said.
The final will be played at 1pm.