THE Tathra Sea Eagles will have a chance to fine-tune any flaws in their game plan tomorrow.
Tathra will play its last regular game ahead of the Sapphire Coast Australian Football League senior finals.
The Eagles are heading to Bill Smyth Oval to face the Narooma Lions – a potential opponent in the playoffs.
The result will have no influence on the final ladder positioning, but both sides are keen for a confidence boost.
The undefeated Eagles have already wrapped up the minor premiership and Narooma sits in fourth spot.
Tathra playing-coach Luke Taylor said it was an exciting time of the season.
“It’s about getting our game plan right – we believe it will stand up in the finals,” he said.
“I’ve told the guys that the real season begins next week.
“There’s more on the line in the finals and the tempo steps up.”
The Lions have come closest to defeating Tathra in 2013, losing to the defending premier in round six by 15 points.
In the return bout at Tathra, the Eagles crushed their opponents by 246 points.
Taylor said the Eagles were focused on their own game plan tomorrow.
“I’m sure the boys get sick of hearing it, but we don’t concentrate too much on who we play,” he said.
“But it’s a tough trip to Narooma and they generally field a good side at home.
“It will be a good test to play on a big ground before the finals.”
Taylor announced the Eagles would make a couple of changes for their side to face Narooma.
Mitch O’Loghlin (rested) and Jorden Stafford (knee) are out, while captain Jason Ainsworth, Troy O’Loghlin and Brad McBain are in the mix to return.
Taylor said the Eagles had managed their players so they are “cherry ripe for the finals”.
He said he had been impressed by his troops’ ability to remain motivated each week.
The Eagles have accumulated a percentage of 328.45, meaning they have scored more than three times as many points as their opponents
“It can be tough for the players winning like that, but they keep turning up,” Taylor said.