Destiny out of their hands, but Roos not giving up on BDCA finals

KEEPING THE FAITH: Kangaroo Flat captain Brent Hamblin hasn't given up hope that the Roos can still play a part in the BDCA finals. Picture: DARREN HOWE
KEEPING THE FAITH: Kangaroo Flat captain Brent Hamblin hasn't given up hope that the Roos can still play a part in the BDCA finals. Picture: DARREN HOWE

KANGAROO Flat captain Brent Hamblin says it’s frustrating not to have its destiny in its own hands, but the Roos are still driven by the carrot of the BDCA finals.

With two rounds left in the season the Roos are in fifth position – nine points behind fourth-placed Bendigo.

The Roos fell agonisingly short of cutting their gap to the top four back to just one game when they played out a tie against Golden Square last Saturday.

“We know the tie last week makes it tough now for us, but we’re still in there with a chance to make it, especially with the way Bendigo is going… for a team to have been outrighted twice and play finals wouldn’t have happened for a long time,” Hamblin said on Thursday.

“We obviously need to win our last two games to give ourselves a chance and, hopefully, we get a green wicket in one of those games where we might be able to have a go at forcing an outright to get some extra points.

“But we’re at the point now where we’re relying on other results, which we don’t want to be doing.”

The Roos’ final two games are against White Hills at the QEO starting this Saturday and ladder-leader Strathdale at home in round 13.

Bendigo – which hasn’t played finals since 2011 – plays Golden Square and Huntly-North Epsom in its final two home and away games.

Meanwhile, the Roos are likely to play their final two games of the home and away season without veteran all-rounder Adam Burns (abdominal strain).

“He will definitely miss this game and more than likely the Strathdale one as well,” Hamblin said.