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Joeys fine-tune for finals

St Joseph’s coach Paul Carson. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

REIGNING premier St Joseph’s has fine-tuned its preparation for a sixth consecutive finals appearance with a 103-point win over Geelong West at West Oval.

The Giants never threatened joeys as they picked up their 14th win of the season to finish second behind minor premier Colac.

“Some of the ball movement yesterday was nearly the best I’ve seen from the boys all year,” coach Paul Carson.

“I’m hoping it’s coming together at the right time.”

The next stage of St Joseph’s campaign for a hat-trick of premierships commences with a qualifying final against arch-rival Newtown & Chilwell at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday.

Joeys won the lone meeting between the two clubs at Elderslie Reserve in Round 9 by 21 points.

“Things are going to be a lot different next weekend,” Carson said.

“The conditions we had a Newtown were really bad – their ground wasn’t in great shape at that point. It was wet, and it was windy.

“We’re going to get a nice track down at GMHBA (Stadium).

“But, we’re quietly confident and feel like we can get the job done.”

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Carson is confident quality forward Lucas Anderson will be right to take on the Eagles despite suffering a corkie in his lower back.

Dan Capiron (leg infection), Lech Featherstone (managed) and Dylan Pettingill (illness) are also a chance after missing the win over West.

Carson will also be waiting to hear from Geelong VFL as to whether defender Cal Mitchell will be required for the Cats’ first final.

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