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Pressure on Golden Square to find best form

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Nanjing Night Net

Golden Square enters Saturday’s BFNL preliminary final clash against Eaglehawk with the weight of expectation firmly on its shoulders.

From day one of the season the Bulldogs have been expected to at least make the grand final.

For much of the season they have been on track to do so.

One poor performance in last Saturday’s second semi-final has the doubters circling and the full of confidence young Hawks can smell blood.

“From a scoreboard perspective (if we lose) it would be a wasted season,’’ Carter said.

“We put a lot of work into recruitment to build a list that we thought would be competitive at the end of the season.

“It would be really disappointing to bow out now considering our ladder position. In saying that it wouldn’t be a wasted season for the club because I think we’ve developed the bottom half of our list really well.

“We’ve promoted four or five young players who are going to become seasoned senior players for years to come.

“Like everything, you take the positive and negative out of things, but overall we’d be very disappointed if we lost on Saturday.”

The Dogs produced arguably their worst performance of the season in the second semi-final against the Dragons.

Carter admitted the effort stung his players.

“The reaction was like what I would expect,’’ Carter said.

“The guys got a kick in the backside and they needed to feel that for 24 hours.

“I’ve been impressed by the way they owned what happened, but at the same time focused on the week ahead.

“You really don’t have time to whinge about what might have been.

“We’re one win away from the big dance, so you have to be positive. We’ve sharpened up on a couple of things… and there’s a good feeling there.”

The Bulldogs and Hawks met three weeks ago, with Square scraping home by one point.

The Hawks have won two cut-throat finals since that game.

“We need to be prepared for an even more confident Eaglehawk,’’ Carter said.

“They’ve played really good footy to get where they are and they nearly got us a few weeks ago.

“They have a good mix of strong inside players with some very quick outside players.

“We need to ensure we get an A+ for the structures and disciplines that we set for ourselves. If we do get an A+ it will set up the game for us.

“We’re expecting a really tough contest against a young side that is full of confidence.

“We know how young teams can perform at this time of year because it wasn’t so long ago that a lot of our players were in the same situation.”

Carter said the opening 20 minutes of the preliminary final would be vital for his team.

“I’m expecting a fair bit of chaos in the first 10 minutes of the game and it will be a case of which side settles better for the next five minutes after that,’’ Carter said.

“We need to put on some scoreboard pressure early in the game and give our forwards early options with run and carry and movement of the ball.”

The Bulldogs will decide their final 22 on match morning. Bendigo Pioneers duo Riley Saunders and Jordan Rosengren are a chance to be included in the senior side after performing strongly in the reserves.

The preliminary final is scheduled to start at 3.10pm.

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