FINALS FEVER: Brothers Bulldogs' Samuel Gordon and the Waves' Tim Dart.
FINALS FEVER: Brothers Bulldogs' Samuel Gordon and the Waves' Tim Dart. Mike Knott BUN250416AFL4

Brothers prepared for final test of the season

AIMING to finish their season on a high, Brothers Bulldogs want nothing more than to beat the Waves before they play in the grand final.

Tomorrow they will face each other for the final time this year, with the Bulldogs intent on causing an upset.

With Waves winning the past three matches between them the Bulldogs want to provide them with a massive challenge as they focus on a grand final.

Despite three weeks off with byes, coach Brad Grogan said the team would be ready for the contest.

"We'll have a pretty strong line-up with only a couple of players missing," he said.

"We've been training hard and working hard, so the team is focused on the job at hand."

Proud of how his players have continued fighting, Grogan said the team have responded well to the news of missing finals.

"The team had two options to either disband, or fight to the end (after missing the finals)," he said.

"To their credit they have stayed pretty strong and been committed as a team."

With Brothers winning two of their past three matches and Waves losing their last two, Grogan said this was a match they can win.

He added they needed to be composed throughout the contest.

"We need to hang on to the ball and not concede easy turnovers," he said.

"We can't rush under pressure and the aim is to slow the game down."

Grogan also had a warning for Waves if they were aiming to rest players ahead of the grand final.

"Any team is capable of beating another team on its day," he said.

"We'll be giving it a real good shake."

In positive news for the club Matt Williams will play his first match for the club this year.

The defender has been out with a knee injury since late last year with Grogan pleased to get him back.

Meanwhile the Waves will be playing a full-strength squad for the important cross-town clash.

With the team wanting a win before the grand final, coach Michael Sommer-Liverton said the the team would be playing to win.

All the action starts at 2.30pm at Frank Coulthard Oval.



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