Top three will offer second chance for Goannas ahead of finals

In the hunt:The Goannas are gunning for a top three spot that brings the luxury of an extra life in the finals.

In the hunt:The Goannas are gunning for a top three spot that brings the luxury of an extra life in the finals.

The Holroyd Parramatta Goannas are pushing for a top-three finish with the finals just around the corner.

This week is the final round of the AFL Sydney Division One regular season and the Goannas sit fourth on the table, only out of third due to points percentage.

Fourth and fifth place don't receive a finals lifeline, whereas a top three spot ensures progression even with a loss in the first week.

Goannas co-captain Scott Maguire said they were relying on their depth to get them through, especially as the squad gets back to full strength.

"We have a bit more depth this year, whereas last year we struggled there," he said.

"We should have our full side back on the park this week or next and if we have our best 22 available we could beat any side."

After four years in the finals, the Goannas feel better placed than ever, thanks to the work of assistant coach Jack Schwarze and the progression of younger players.

"Our assistant coach Jack Schwarze has spent a lot more time working on structures at training that has paid off on game day," Maguire said.

"With the under-17s training and other young guys training with us now, we can see a lot of talented kids coming through. We are still a young side but the playing group is starting to mature with experience in senior footy.

"He has been taking control of the training sessions and focusing on team structures."

Looking at this week's match against University of NSW, the Goannas ruckman believes they will juggle winning the match as well as preparing for finals footy.

"Against a side playing ninth you might be able to play a bit patchy and still win but we need to maintain the intensity at this time of year," Maguire said.

While the game is at a neutral venue Maguire hopes plenty of people turn up to support the push to the finals.

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