In form Norwood ruckman Sam Baulderstone admits Saturday’s Elimination Final clash with Sturt will be as tough as it gets, as the Redlegs look to progress through to the second week of finals.
The Redlegs claimed a hard-fought 18-point win last Friday against the Bloods which guaranteed them a 2019 finals berth.
The Legs now face a Double Blues outfit who will be up for the challenge after Norwood claimed a convincing 59-point win against them three weeks ago.
Sturt will take plenty of confidence out of the weekends result against Glenelg and Baulderstone is expecting another physical encounter.
“I think Sturt will come out pretty aggressive with a point to prove,” said Baulderstone.
“The start we had at Unley is something they would have looked and will try to rectify come Saturday.
“In saying this, we can’t control their approach we just have to go out there and play our game which I think will hold us in pretty good stead come Saturday.”
Baulderstone recognises the challenge that awaits, however, is looking forward to playing with his teammates on the hallowed turf of Adelaide Oval.
“This is obviously why we play football,” Baulderstone said.
“You do all those hard yards in the preseason and in the minor rounds so you can get to the pointy end of the season to give yourself the best chance of winning a Premiership.
“There no better feeling running onto Adelaide Oval with your mates in front what will be a big crowd – we are really looking forward to the challenge that awaits and hopefully we can do our fans proud and get the result we need.”
Baulderstone has been in career-best form in 2019 and has put it down to just enjoying his footy as well as the company of his teammates and coaches.
“I think my enjoyment for football has been the real catalyst in the way I have performed so far this year,” said Baulderstone.
“I’ve probably enjoyed my football this year, a lot more than in the past few years.
“I think if you can get everything right off-field, then the on-field performance takes care of itself.”
“My focus, however, is again doing my bit for the team and performing at my best to help give us the best chance to win.”