A TOP-of-the-table qualifying final clash with premiership favourites North Ballarat City awaits Redan after the Lions pinched second spot on the ladder with an emphatic win over Melton on Saturday.
Having not sat any higher than third on the Ballarat Football League ladder all year, the maroon and gold leap-frogged Sunbury after the reigning premier went down by a massive 94 points
against North Ballarat City.
Needing to win and make up three percentage points on the ladder, while also relying on Sunbury to lose, Redan went above and beyond to beat Melton by 61 points to storm home to second spot and sit 15 percentage points ahead of Sunbury.
The result sets up an enticing qualifying final with North City, the team that inflicted the Lions’ heaviest loss this year – a 62-point drubbing in round 11.
Redan coach Eammon Gill said he was well aware of the challenge his side faced but said his team was definitely up to the task.
“We’re rapt to finish in the top two but it is only the start really,” he said.
“They’ve been the best team of the year no doubt, so it’s all ahead of us.”
There looks set to be a few selection headaches for the brains trust at City Oval during the week, with at least four regular senior players set to come back into the side.
Leigh Ryall and Grant Bell are almost certain to return to the fold, while Brendan Peace and Ash Barker are likely to come back in after being late withdrawals on Saturday.
“It’s a bit of a headache because we have a lot of players in some good form, but we will have to weigh that up during the week,” Gill said.
In other matches, Sunbury will face Ballarat in a do-or-die battle in Darley on Saturday, before all eyes turn to Eastern Oval on Saturday for the highly anticipated second elimination final between rivals East Point and Darley.