VICTORY today will help North Ballarat Roosters reach finals.
But victory does not guarantee it.
The only guarantee in the Victorian Football League this week is that reigning premier Geelong will finish on top.
All the way down to 10th place, rankings are still a battle.
The Selkirk Roosters must beat Essendon at Windy Hill today.
It is a mantra the Roosters’ camp has been focused on since the final siren sounded last Sunday and the Roosters were 19 points short of Williamstown.
Equations are complicated but the Roosters’ fate, while in other team’s hands, still hinges on the way they want to polish off this home-and-away season.
The Roosters have dramatically turned about a slow start to the year by winning six of their past nine matches.
In two of these –Williamstown last week and Coburg a fortnight before that – the Roosters had the edge at the final break and let the game slip.
This change in form started with the unlikely – a win against Port Melbourne at the ‘Borough fortress – and included a dramatic match-saving tackle in a high-pressure game against Collingwood earlier this month.
The Roosters have got what it takes to beat these finals contenders.
And they must do this against an Essendon that is clinging on to that coveted eighth spot on a better percentage that the Roosters and Northern Blues.
The Roosters have called on premiership experience to help, with returned midfielder Dan Feery recalled to the senior line-up for the first-time since the Roosters’ 2010 flag win.
Young onballer Nick Rippon was promoted last night, with North Melbourne holding over forward Taylor Garner held over as an emergency for the Kangaroos’ match against Hawthorn this afternoon.