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It will be a case of déjà vu when Bracknell and Deloraine meet in the playoff final this weekend. The pair played the last round to close out the regular season where Bracknell equalized his season book against Deloraine in a comfortable victory. Bracknell coach Corry Goodluck has said their recent victory counted for naught this week. “The final is a fun game, a lot of things happen in the final, you see teams all year round winning by a margin and they are beaten in the final series,” he said. “It will be a very difficult football game and we have to stay together, keep it for four quarters and that momentum, I don’t see why we can’t win.” Deloraine coach Lochie Dornauf is hopeful his side will recreate the pressure that brought them to victory over Bracknell in wet conditions earlier this season. “We’re looking to really start this week and use our advantage as a smaller, faster team,” he said. “We played their hands a lot over the weekend going down the line a lot, we’re looking to mix it up a bit this week.” READ: AFL in Tasmania: Alastair Clarkson backs downright Tasmanian side Karlton Wadley and Tyson Gardam should be big inclusions on Deloraine’s side after being unavailable in the final round. Glenn Dawson is expected to take the field for Bracknell this weekend. It will be a test of mental toughness when Rocherlea and Longford meet in the qualifying final this weekend. Rocherlea has the advantage over Longford this season after two narrow wins. The victories were punctuated by mid-game crossfades by Rocherlea, who saw his lead of five or more goals shrink each time. “It’s more about the players who don’t feel comfortable with where we are at, they go out of their way to build a decent lead and then mentally disconnect,” said the coach of Rocherlea, Andrew Cox-Goodyer. “It will be about us trying to play all four quarters of our type of football to hopefully tidy them up and not have a close result this time around.” READ: Preview of NTFA Division 1 final Longford coach Beau Thorp said his team are eagerly awaiting Rocherlea’s challenge. “To Rocherlea’s credit their midfield and defense definitely beat us last time around,” he said. “We will be looking to change some things around the ball and the way we structure ourselves towards the front of the ball.” Longford expects to remain unchanged after narrowly losing to South Launceston last week. Luke Murfitt-Cowen is a central figure in the weekend’s debates after scoring six goals in his previous outings against Rocherlea. “Obviously we can’t allow easy football to move forward, his offer has been really good the last couple of times we’ve played them and if he gets us one on one it’s a strong boy, ”Cox-Goodyer said. The winner will face South Launceston for a place to the Grand Final while the loser will face either Bracknell or Deloraine next week. Our journalists work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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