To make in­roads

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do that, I think on our day we can beat any­one. We’re trav­el­ling okay – we’ve got a few in­juries, but that’s like any­one else go­ing for­ward.”

Among the in­jured play­ers are James Laid­law, who is out for the sea­son, and Tyler Cronin who is bat­tling to be back for fi­nals with a ham­string strain.

Full for­ward Lachie Hamilton only re­joined the side in round 17 af­ter a se­vere an­kle in­jury at the start of the sea­son and full back Adam Haslett has been lim­ited to 10 games.

De­spite the Rats’ depth be­ing tested, they have, for the most part, re­sponded well.

The team still has a po­tent mid­field mix, with broth­ers Dan, Nick and Cal­lum Men­des all able to find the ball and use it well to pin­point Ararat’s for­wards.

Tom Mills is en­joy­ing an­other ex­cel­lent sea­son, work­ing tire­lessly and pre­sent­ing well at cen­tre half for­ward to kick 29 goals.

A fully fit Jack Gan­ley has been a wel­come ad­di­tion af­ter the mid­field-for­ward missed half of 2018, and young Cooper Heard has drawn praise from Fisher af­ter kick­ing 13 goals on a for­ward flank.

If Hamilton can find some­thing of his old form af­ter re­cov­er­ing from his an­kle in­jury, he should add a new fo­cal point deep in at­tack.

At the other end of the ground Dy­lan Shel­ley has been a huge ad­di­tion to the Ararat line-up.

Cross­ing from Co­rio af­ter the 2018 sea­son, Shel­ley is a versatile key po­si­tion player who is ca­pa­ble of cut­ting off op­po­si­tion en­tries in the back­line or swing­ing for­ward to kick a goal.

Haslett will hold down an­other key de­fen­sive post, while play­ers like Liam Arnott should pro­vide run off half back.

It is this run which Fisher be­lieves will be key to the Rats’ chances in fi­nals. “I think our run and ball use have been our strengths,” he said. “We’ve got­ten a lot bet­ter with the ball. Even last sea­son I think we turned it over a bit too much.

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