Boulder coach Nick Dillon is weighing up the merits of tinkering with a winning combination, ahead of Saturday’s Goldfields Football League grand final against Mines Rovers.
The Tigers grabbed an impressive preliminary final win over Kalgoorlie last Saturday after gambling on the fitness of goalsneak Nathan Krakouer.
Krakouer turned the game with three late goals on a day the team was minus Tyson Hodge and Jayden Bootsma, who now face an anxious wait for a possible recall.
Hodge missed the preliminary final after a match-winning four goals against Kalgoorlie in round 20 and two in a second semifinal loss against Mines Rovers.
“It’s going to be a pretty tough selection week,” Dillon said.
“Boots is available, but we’ve also got (players’) points issues that might make it difficult.
“On top of that, most of the guys played well at the weekend. It’s not necessarily a bad position because we’re into a grand final, as opposed to drowning our sorrows.”
Dillon said Hodge was nursing a hamstring strain.
“He was probably 90 per cent (last weekend), but was pretty honest and pretty forthright in telling us he wasn’t quite right to go,” he said.
“That gave us the chance to play Krakouer and that turned out to be a good call.
“It showed how good Hodgey is as a person — to pull himself out like that because a lot of others would have just taken the risk and played.”
Dillon guided the Tigers to the 2016 flag in his first season and looked forward to what he expected would be a typically hard-fought derby.
“It’s exciting times and pretty rare that you get to be involved in grand finals,” he said.
“I think Boulder have only been in four grand finals since 2006, which is pretty surprising in a five-team competition.
“To get back there is really good for the footy club and especially our group.”
Dillon was unfazed about the squad lining up in every week of the finals.
“I’m happy to play every week,” he said.
“You build some continuity and a side hasn’t won a grand final after going straight through in a while, so it will be interesting.”