FORMER Colac footballers Levi and Joe Dare hope to add premiership medallions to their Hampden Football League best and fairest medals this weekend.
The pair will lead Cobden into its first Hampden League grand final since 2007 when the Bombers take on Warrnambool.
The Blues have been in the past four HFL grand finals and enter the clash as favourites after finishing the regular season on top of the ladder.
But Cobden sneaked into third spot in the final round and, having won nine of its past 11 and games, will take form into Saturday’s clash at Warrnambool’s Reid Oval.
“Warrnambool is obviously a good outfit, they’ve played in the past four grand finals before this so they’re probably the powerhouse of the league,” Levi Dare said.
“We’re a pretty young side, we’ve got 15 guys under the age of 21 but our form is pretty good at the moment, the only team we haven’t beaten this year is Warrnambool,” he said.
“There’s a fair bit of a buzz around the club and the town which is great.”
Levi Dare has enjoyed a stand-out season in Cobden’s ruck after easing back his VFL commitments to concentrate on his farm work.
He played the first two games of 2012 with North Ballarat before returning to Cobden to join the rest of the Dare family – older brother Reuben and younger brothers Joe, Lincoln and Dominic.
Round 11 this season capped off a memorable day for the family with all the sons bar under-16 Dominic playing in the seniors at the same time.
“We all played together at the one stage, except for Dom – maybe next year for him – but that was one of the highlights of my career,” Levi said.
“Joe’s had a great season, he’s been our best player week in, week out. He showed his class and he’s really enjoying his footy,” he said.
“My money was on Joe for the Maskell Medal.”
But the Hampden League’s best and fairest award went four ways for the first time in medal history with Levi, Joe, Camperdown’s Sam Chapman and Warrnambool’s Tim Hunt all finishing on 19 votes.
The award was Levi’s second Maskell Medal since winning his first in 2010.
“It was a tremendous honour and I’m very humbled by it, it’s pretty special to share it with my brother and some other good blokes,” he said.