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Can Bannockburn maintain its hold on third spot? (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

BANNOCKBURN co-coach Ron Pilgrim is confident his team is finding its best form at the right time of the season as it looks to claim the double chance.

Only catastrophic losses against Thomson and North Geelong can see the Tigers miss the finals, so the focus is on extending their winning streak to six to ensure a meeting with East Geelong or Inverleigh in the qualifying final.

“We played Winch(elsea) last week, and they were a bit undermanned,” Pilgrim. “But, that was probably our best all-round game for quite a while.

“And we still haven’t had our best side on the park – and I think a lot of clubs might be the same.”

“You’ve got to have that continuity in your game, and, hopefully, we’re starting to build that.”

Pilgrim said he hasn’t had to make his players aware of what’s at stake over the next fortnight.

“That was the theme even leading into last week,” he said.

“We needed to win last week, but this one’s even bigger.

“You get to this time of the year, and the excitement starts to build, and the weather changes a little bit.

“But, the players are fully aware that we need to win if we’re to give ourselves a fair shot at it (premiership).”

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Bannockburn is closing in on full strength, with only Josh Cole and Cal Hetherington missing last week’s win over the Blues.

“Those two guys have still got to prove their fitness,” Pilgrim said.

“But they’ll come in if they’re at their best.

“But, when you’re winning in footy, who goes out?”.

Bannockburn had the better of Thomson by 12 points when they met in Round 6 at Godfrey Street, with the visitors overcoming a slow start to claim victory.

“They were five goals in front two-thirds of the way through the first quarter,” Pilgrim.

“They play a pretty contested brand of footy, which is what you need to win finals.

“By no means do we underestimate them – we were lucky to get across the line in the end.

“Anyone knows that a side coached by ‘Lynchy’ (Paul Lynch) will come out firing because he won’t accept mediocrity.

“We need to be switched on for four quarters, or we could be in a bit of trouble.”

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