The stage is set as Mundulla face Lucindale in this Saturday’s KNTFL A grade grand final at Frances.
Mundulla who finished on top of the ladder after 18 rounds will be heavy favourites going into this one, however Lucindale can not be underestimated due to their recent form over the last month.
The Moots have played just one match in five weeks, a comprehensive win over Penola in the second semi-final, so they are primed for this one.
Mundulla’s non-playing coach Tim Williams however is not deterred by the Moots lack of games over the last month.
“We’ve been able to do a fair bit of running and ramped up our training over the week’s that we’ve had off,” he said. “We’ve had a few little internal trials and scratch match kind of things but really we have just been looking at keeping the intensity up over the break so that the guys are ready to go come Saturday.”
The Roos on the other hand have not had a break since their round 12 bye and on top of that have come through three hard-fought finals.
Lucindale coach Sam Logan is confident that his side will be full-strength – apart from injured ruckman Mark Snowball - on Saturday.
“We were pretty unlucky all year with injuries but fortunately enough we seemed to get all of our players back just in time for the finals. The boys are obviously feeling the pinch a bit coming off the back of three straight finals but we now have a full squad to pick from for this week’s grand final.”
Last time Mundulla faced Lucindale, the Moots came away with an easy win over an under strength Lucindale side, however Williams is expecting a vastly different opposition this week.
“They had five or six of their better players out that day so we are expecting those guys to come back in and really make a difference to their team structure,” Williams said.
Logan, who has played a handful of senior games this year but probably won’t line up on Saturday, believes the Roos need to keep the game as contested as possible.
“Mundulla have such a good range of players, their overlap run from the outside of the contest has been a key feature of their game this year. They move the ball quickly and transition really well so if we can focus on the contested footy and tackling pressure then they won’t be able to get the ball to the outside.”
Mundulla will be keeping a close eye on the Lucindale midfielders throughout the day to try and curb their influence on the game.
Williams said: “They probably have one of the deepest midfields so we will look at a few those guys but their forward line is very experienced so we’ll have to look at those guys as well.”