Plus for Demons
The Mountain Men are not an overly tall side, on paper at least, and there is a suggestion they are lacking a key tall who can play in the forward arc and then give Martin a chop out in the ruck when required.
Take Martin out of the equation and the stoic but balanced Gerard Matthews is the team’s leading goal-kicker.
The truth is that Matthews is probably more suited to playing a roaming role rather than propping in a key post.
An extra tall key forward would also be of benefit to the mosquito fleet that lurks in the forward half.
Daniel Griffiths, Ambrose Launder and Jack Shields are all dangerous small forwards who can hurt opponents on the scoreboard in the blink of an eye.
But they need a big-man ally to contest the ball and get it to ground.
That said, there is still plenty of finals experience in the Demons’ side and they have made it to the finals with the playing list that will run out onto the ground.
If Laharum gets a sniff, which might come from a variety of different circumstances, the team knows what is required to win finals.