KYNETON coach Mark Adamson is relishing the prospect of testing his side against BFNL flag fancy Strathdfieldsaye at Flight Centre Park on Saturday.
Confidence is on the rise at the Kyneton Showgrounds, with the Tigers stringing together back-to-back wins over South Bendigo and Golden Square.
Tackling the Storm is a couple of steps up in class, but Adamson is adamant his side is better equipped for Saturday’s challenge than when top side Sandhurst belted the Tigers at the QEO in round two.
“Strathfieldsaye and Sandhurst are the two teams that are a fair way in front of everyone else,’’ Adamson said.
“We’ve improved (since Sandhurst), but we still have a lot of work to do.
“Playing the Storm will be a really good barometer for us.
“They’re a quick side, they’re a fit side, they’re a clever side and they move the ball quickly with good skills.
“If you’re off your game at all against a side like Strathfieldsaye then they will expose you.
“We’re aware of that and we’ll be trying to put some things in place to make sure it doesn’t happen. It won’t be easy.”
The Storm have included VFL-listed duo Sam Heavyside and Bryce Curnow and small forward Lachlan Sharp in an extended squad.
The Tigers welcome back full-forward Nathan Thompson.
Adamson said the Tigers’ big men need to have a major influence for Kyneton to cause an upset.
“Strath have the advantage in leg speed and we’ll need to be smart the way we play.
“Hopefully, our big guys can take some control in the air and give us an opportunity to score that way.”