GOORAMBAT faces a balancing act when it comes up against Ovens and King Football League powerhouse Glenrowan on Saturday.
On the one hand, the Bats are eager to bounce back from their heaviest loss of the season, and the confidence boost a win over the Tigers would deliver on the eve of finals is immeasurable.
But on the other hand, Goorambat is essentially locked into a meeting with either Milawa or King Valley in an elimination final in a fortnight’s time, and with a heavy track and sore bodies to contend with, a bit of short term pain could be accepted in exchange for long term gains.
“That’s something that we’ve spoken about as a club,” Goorambat co-coach Shayne McKean said.
“We certainly don’t want to waste any opportunities to play well and have a win, but we may be in a position this week where we are better off resting the blokes who need it.
“We have to be smart about it, because we want to be able to go out there and compete – the last thing you want is to go out and get belted by a team you might meet again in the finals.”