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Heads the benchmark: Tenace

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GEELONG Amateur coach Kane Tenace has labelled Barwon Heads the BFL’s benchmark team ahead of this Saturday’s crucial final round clash at KFC Oval.

A win for Ammos will see it claim the minor premiership and take the direct route to the second semi-final.

However, a loss to the Seagulls and victory for Anglesea over Newcomb will see the Roos claim top spot and Geelong Amateur and Barwon Heads do battle in the qualifying final.

“We think we’re going to have to play them two or three times in the next three or four weeks,” Tenace said.

“For us, it’d be nice to get the wood over them and win next week and have that confidence going into the finals.

“But we know, at the end of the day, we’re going to have to beat them at some point over the month of finals.”

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Ammos maintained its one-game buffer on the Roos at the top of the ladder following a 31-point win over Drysdale, which ended the Hawks’ finals hopes.

“Drysdale had their season riding on the result, so we knew they were going to come out hard,” Tenace said.

“The way that we were able to match them around the contest and from the second quarter onwards controlled the pace of the game was really good.”

Tenace has been pleased with the way Amateur has responded since a 53-point loss to Anglesea in Round 15.

That loss left his team no certainty to play finals with Modewarre, Drysdale and Barwon Heads their opponents in the final three rounds.

However, Ammos has successfully negotiated meetings with the Warriors and Hawks to ensure it will start the final from no worse than a qualifying final.

“Most teams go through a flat patch at some point during the year, and we knew that with our young squad that there would be a couple of little of rough patches,” Tenace said.

“The last two weeks, getting back to the way we know we can play, is very pleasing.”

Veteran Daniel Lovick will return for the clash with the Seagulls after being rested.

Brody Phillips is a chance to play his first game since suffering a collarbone injury in June.

However, concussion concerns have ended the season of defender James Korneos’ season.

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