BENDIGO Braves coach Ben Harvey says his team has the talent to defeat the Geelong Supercats on Friday night.
He said it was now time for his team to string some games together ahead of the SEABL finals.
The Braves are currently in four position on the south conference ladder with nine games to go this season.
"The season isn't over," Harvey said.
"We need to find a way to be a contender."
Harvey said Friday night's game was a chance to kick-start the Braves' run to the finals.
"They are a great team, they are on top of the east conference ladder, but we can absolutely win the game," he said.
"If we play our game, have a strong defence and move the ball around then we will be good.
"Geelong lost in the last round, so we will have to play our best game if we are to win.
"But you just don't no what team will turn up."
Bendigo has had an inconsistent season, with the team only winning two of its last five games.
Harvey said the team would re-evaluate its season at Thursday night's training session.
"We will only have a short training, but we will plan out our vision for the next seven weeks," he said.
Kevin Probert will return to the side on Friday after missing the trip to Tasmania last weekend.
The Braves tip-off against the Supercats at Geelong Arena at 8pm on Friday.