“We’re not intimidated by Sunbury.”
That is the strong message coming out of Ballarat ahead of their Ballarat Football League elimination final against the reigning premiers on Saturday.
Despite finishing sixth and rarely being factored into the premiership calculations of many, Swans senior player Mark Nunn has sent out a warning not to write his side off.
Ballarat meets Sunbury at Darley Park on Saturday, a match in which the Eastern Lions will go in as heavy favourites.
Nunn is aware very few people will be tipping his side to win, but says the red and white will field its strongest side this year.
Matt Dawson will re-enter the fold, while key defender Mitch Rodd will be a massive inclusion, having not played for two months with groin issues.
“We don’t get intimidated against any side we play,” Nunn said at a BFL press conference yesterday.
“We don’t really get intimidated as a footy club, this is our eighth year in a row in the finals so we’ve got experience being here.
“We’re under no illusion that we’re the rank underdog to win this game of footy but that’s okay, it’s been done before and finals footy can produce some strange results.”
Nunn, a key forward and veteran of the club, admitted his side had been far from its best all year.
However, he said that made little difference at this stage of the season, his side was in the finals and had a genuine tilt at the flag.
“It’s justified that people have said that (we’re not a genuine contender) and we’ve heard them say that, because our year has been very inconsistent,” Nunn said.
“We know we’re up against it. But at the same time, we still rate ourselves very much a chance to win the game.
“It gives us a lot of confidence going into Sunbury that we will be at full strength, and we need to be at full strength.”
The elimination will get under way at Darley Park at 2.15pm, to be preceded by Bacchus Marsh v East Point in the reserves and Melton South v Sunbury in the under-18.5s.