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Our best is good enough: Daffy

Luke Daffy addresses his players during the Geelong Falcons’ win over Dandenong Stingrays last week. (Geelong Falcons Image/Brian Bartlett)

LADDER positions would say the Geelong Falcons’ hopes of playing in an 18th consecutive finals series appear slim heading into Saturday’s NAB League Wildcard Round clash with Sandringham Dragons.

Having posted just three and a draw wins for the season, the Falcons enter clash the lowest-ranked of the full-time teams in the competition, while the Dragons finished fourth with a 9-6 win-loss record.

However, first-year Luke Daffy says consecutive wins over the Tasmania Devils and Dandenong Stingrays have instilled plenty of confidence at Highton Reserve.

“We’re going in with some winning form, so we feel our best footy is well and truly good enough to beat a side like Sandringham,” Daffy said.

“Yeah, they’re talented, and they’ve got a lot of draftable players, but we hope if we bring effort and a willingness to compete, we’ll be right in the game.”

Daffy will be hoping the Falcons can replicate the ball movement that helped it put away the Stingrays by 31 points last week.

“We were as efficient as we moved the footy all year,” Daffy said.

“Our forwards got some nice looks, but also our pressure in the front half was enormous.

“Sandringham is pretty slick by foot; they like to go quick. So it’s going to be pretty important that we can slow them down and get some really good defence going.”

The Dragons won the lone meeting between the two clubs in 2019 by two points in Ballarat after overcoming a 26-point halftime deficit.

However, Daffy says that result will have little influence on this match-up.

“Both sides looked reasonably different at that stage of the year with the National Championships and private school footy,” he said.

“But, they’ve played a similar way for the last 3-4 years, and Josh Bourke’s continued that with them looking at it this year, so we know what to expect.”

Emerging key defender Cam Fleeton, who played in the under-17 Vic Country trial match a fortnight ago, is back.

Blake Reid, Max Annandale and Charlie Harris are also set to play.

Chris Seymour returns as 23rd player having played seven matches during the season.

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