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Heads better for experience

Can Barwon Heads snap a 26-year premiership drought? (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

VICE-captain Ned Aulsebrook says playing in last year’s BFL grand final will hold Barwon Heads in good stead, but revealed redemption isn’t driving the Seagulls ahead of Saturday’s decider against Torquay.

Barwon Heads went into the 2018 grand final – its first at senior level since 1993 – as overwhelming favourites against Modewarre.

However, the Seagulls were outplayed from the first bounce on their way to a 47-point loss.

“It’s not something we’ve talked about as a group or a club,” Aulsebrook said. “There’s probably 10 or 11 blokes in the side at the moment that weren’t in the side last year.

“So it’s not like it’s the same team. Personally, for me, it was my first grand final last year, and there’s a few blokes that are similar, and we will be better for the experience.

“Some of the younger blokes from last year have another year of senior footy under their belt.

“The structures are a little bit different; the coaching is different again this year which has been good.

“It’s a different sort of game plan.”

Barwon Heads has been stunning since entering the second half of the season in the sixth position, 10 points behind eventual minor premier Geelong Amateur.

The Seagulls have won 10 of their 11 outings, with the only loss coming to Anglesea by two points in Round 16.

They’ve only played Torquay once in that time, the 35-point qualifying final victory.

However, Aulsebrook has played down the significance of that result heading into Saturday.

“I think we take confidence in the way we want to play,” he said.

“I don’t think it will come to the forefront of mind as far as impacting this contest. I think it’s just more confidence in the way we want to play our game.

“We know it works; we know what we need to do on Saturday.”

Barwon Heads has plenty of depth; however the only change is likely to be the inclusion of defender Dylan Holland who hasn’t played since dislocating a shoulder in Round 11.

“He’s been training very well; he was (in) full training last week and on Saturday,” Aulsebrook said.

“I assume – I’m not across it-  but I assume he is going to make himself available for the weekend.

“But that’s up to the coaches and selectors if they decide to bring him in.”

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