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No finals a waste: Forssman

Can Winchelsea hang onto fifth spot? (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

COACH Brendan Forssman says it will be a wasted year if Winchelsea doesn’t qualify for a first finals series in five years.

After appearing comfortably ensconced in the top five after beating Corio in Round 15 to hold a six-point buffer on East Geelong, consecutive losses to Geelong West and Anakie has the Blues on the brink of finishing sixth for the second straight year.

A win over raging premiership favourite at Eastern Reserve on Saturday will be enough to book an elimination final berth against Inverleigh.

However, if Winchelsea can’t upset the Tigers, the door would open for East Geelong to snatch fifth spot if it can handle Bell Post Hill at Myers Reserve.

“You think of all sorts of different scenarios and what-ifs?,” Forssman said.

“We’ve still got a game to play first, and if we weren’t to make finals we’d be disappointed with the start that we had.

“It’d be probably a waste of a year, to be honest, which would be disappointing.

“We’ll see how everything pans out on Saturday.”

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Thomson had the better of the Blues by 52 points when they met at Godfrey Street in Round 7.

However, Forssman says Winchelsea was its own worst enemy that afternoon.

“They jumped in the first quarter on the scoreboard, but I thought we had enough of the ball,” he said.

“After that, we did OK and I think we won the last quarter by 3-4 goals. But it was all a bit too late by then

“We have to play a certain way against them to give ourselves an opportunity.

“If we don’t play the right way, they’ll probably beat us.”

Forssman is confident if Winchelsea can control the ball his team will be competitive against the reigning premier.

“We hope to get a fair bit of first use from Mark (Blake) in the ruck, and if we can use the ball properly going forward, we think we can give ourselves an opportunity to score,” he said.

“They’ve got some quality defenders that we make sure we try and keep the ball out of their hands and kick the ball properly to our blokes.”

The Blues look set to be boosted by the return of Matt Costello, Baden Remmos and Caleb Brown.

“They’ll be three handy inclusions,” Forssman said.

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