The Bathurst Giants will face Dubbo in the Central West AFL women's grand final

HOW do you beat an experienced rival which holds favouritism? 

GET TOUGH: Maddy McAlister and her fellow Bathurst Giants know they need to be at their best to beat Dubbo in Saturday's Central West AFL grand final. Photo: ALEXANDER GRANT

GET TOUGH: Maddy McAlister and her fellow Bathurst Giants know they need to be at their best to beat Dubbo in Saturday's Central West AFL grand final. Photo: ALEXANDER GRANT

That is the question facing the Bathurst Giants in this Saturday’s Central West AFL women’s grand final against Dubbo at George Park 2.

While Dubbo is in its second consecutive grand final, Saturday will be a first for the Liz Kennedy coached Giants, who joined the league this season.

So Kennedy wants her side to get on top of the centre clearances, dominate the contested footy and draw on the lessons they have learned in other sports.

“For us I think if we can win it out of the centre, maintain possession and just run them ragged, that’s all we can do,” Kennedy said.

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“They are a very physical side and their match-day game fitness is probably a little bit above us, but we’ll see how we go.

“There’s no pressure on us, none whatsoever. The last two weeks of games in the finals have been bonus games for us, we never thought we’d be here, never in a million years.

“But my girls are competitive in the other sports they’ve played. They are State League netballers and basketballers, so they do have that competitiveness, they want to win, they know how to play in big games.

“They’re up for it, we’ll give it our best shot.”

Opening bounce is at 12.30pm.

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