FOR almost 10 years Redan has been the hunted; now it has become the hunter.
It will be the experienced hunters that coach Eammon Gill will turn to in an effort to triumph over minor premier North Ballarat City in a qualifying final on Saturday.
The Lions will recall a raft of experience in a bid to combat the all-conquering force that has been North City in 2013.
Coach Eammon Gill said at least four players would return to the side in Grant Bell, Brendan Peace, Leigh Ryall and Ash Barker.
Dean Chester will be the biggest name out of the side however, unavailable with a torn hamstring.
But unlike previous years, Gill said there had been a swag of junior players come through this year that had made a genuine difference to the side.
“Definitely we’ve got some selection headaches, the younger guys in the side have been playing some reasonable senior footy which always makes it tough,” Gill said.
“We still have some decorated senior players who have played in a number of premierships, but the big difference has been the young players coming through.”
For North Ballarat City coach Rob Waters, a year of dominance and thumping wins means nothing.
North only dropped one game during the year and their round 11 62-point hiding of the Lions is nothing more than a memory for Waters.
He will not accept his side is favourite in any match – both sides go in with a 50-50 chance in his eyes.
“I’ll wait until we win a couple of finals games first before we start talking about favouritism,” Waters said.
“It’s all well and good to finish on top of the ladder but we don’t get any prize money for it, it doesn’t really mean anything.
“We went in well last year against Redan and their experienced players really showed us up (in the semi final last year).”
The match will start at Eastern Oval at 2.15pm on Saturday.