THERE is a slight chance North Ballarat Rebels can still win a finals double chance.
The Rebels have one game left to try and claim it.
Their assignment? TAC Cup’s ladder leader Oakleigh Chargers at Eureka Stadium on Saturday.
The Rebels enter the final round ranked fifth. They are clear in finals but points are equal from third to seventh on this ladder.
A near-upset against Calder Cannons in Horsham last week will buoy the Rebels’ confidence.
This is a chance to regroup and learn from a brush against the TAC Cup’s equal best.
Only, the Chargers have amends to make too.
The Rebels beat the Chargers by three points in round six.
But perhaps more immediate for the Chargers, will be a hunger to bounce back from a one-point loss to Geelong Falcons last week that almost cost the Chargers top spot.
Mount Clear’s Alex Ross will make his TAC Cup debut with the Rebels.
Ross has been promoted as the Rebels’ 23rd man after a lengthy sideline stint with a hand injury.
The Rebels have been impressed by Ross’ continued hard work on the track to keep his fitness up to TAC Cup standard.
Ross replaces Jacob Hopper, who sustained a knee injury last round.
Hopper will undergo minor knee surgery in Melbourne on Friday.
The Rebels will be determined to regain a winning note after two straight losses to finish the season strong and build momentum for finals.