Ballarat Miners believe they have what it takes to beat the south conference’s top team after a disappointing eight-point loss to Hobart Chargers during their interstate trip to Tasmania.
Captain Peter Hooley said there would be a focus on starting well, noting the Miners’ opening quarters were not up to scratch in the first half of the season.
After being outplayed in the previous encounter, the Miners are determined to test the Chargers with a new game plan and use the home crowd and atmosphere to their advantage.
Hooley also believed the team would be refreshed after the bye, which was both a mental break and time to reflect for the players.
The Miners had a strong start to the season with eight wins and five losses earning them second spot on the south conference ladder, and had a chance to overtake Hobart when the two teams previously met.
Having been in a similar position last year only to fall away, the Miners are focused on continuing to improve and finding the next level.