MDFL - Rhodes Plumbing Great Western Lions reserves are set to make history tomorrow when they step out onto the field to play Wickliffe/Lake Bolac in the Mininera and District Football League grand final.
Tomorrow's grand final is historic for a couple of reasons.
It is the first time Great Western have reached a Mininera grand final since joining the league last year and the last time the Lions reserves were premiers was way back in 1999, when they defeated Swifts in the now-defunct Ararat and District Football Association (ADFA).
Already the Lions reserves have achieved so much this season, coming from no wins last year to finishing third on the ladder with 13 wins, five losses in 2013.
However the result is no surprise to Great Western reserves coach Damien Scott.
"When I went and approached Mark Iseppi (Lions reserves bench coach) I said that if we could add 5-6 players to our basic side, which we have, we could do something special," Scott said earlier this week.
"We've also been fairly lucky in that every week we've had 5-6 reserves boys step up and play seniors, so we've been rotating through there as well."
The Lions head into tomorrow's match warm favourites, having defeated Wickliffe/Lake Bolac by 43 points in their semi final clash a fortnight ago.
Although earlier in the season, it was Wickliffe/Lake Bolac who got across the line on the Lions home turf so tomorrow's match is there for the taking.
Scott is expecting a physical game from the 2013 minor premiers and believes the game will be won out of the middle.
The Lions reserves coach said the key to reaching the grand final has been the way his side has been playing together this season.
"We've kept the main group together all year and (at training), the reserves have been pretty good, we've had the majority of numbers each week," he said.
"Basically, we started training early and the commitment was there. We didn't want to be the whipping boys once again."
Scott pointed to Craig Cooper, Ash Cooper, Jayson Smith and Clinton Slorach as players to stand out for Lions reserves this season.
Craig Cooper has been a force to be reckoned in the ruck, while Ash Cooper has proven his versatility this season by dominating at both centre half back and forward.
Smith is a reliable onballer who runs all day and Scott praised the performance of Slorach.
"He's been a stand out all year at full back," the coach said.
The addition of Steven Lodge, who crossed from SM&W Rovers in 2013, has added class to Great Western reserves midfield and the Shalders brothers, Tim and Nathan, have been the Lions main focal points in the forward line this season.
Wickliffe/Lake Bolac players to watch tomorrow include Eric Duff, who generates a lot of run off the back flank while up forward William Slattery, Thomas Ware and Shaun Campbell are dangerous.