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Where is it being played?: Dowton Park Reserve, Yarragon

What time is the seniors game scheduled to start?: 2:10pm, Saturday September 14th

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The stage has been set and the battle lines have been drawn. Ellinbank will take on Longwarry this Saturday in the final showdown at Yarragon. For Ellinbank, it is a chance to end an almost quarter of a century premiership drought.

For Longwarry the wait has been even longer. 1968 was their last premiership and Peter Knights, a treasured Crows product who would go on to become a star at Hawthorn, was just 16.

Ellinbank last won a premiership back in 1995 and had enjoyed six premierships in the preceding 20 years.

But with no cup for 24 years, the Eagles hope Saturday will change that trend. Longwarry will also have a chance at redemption on Saturday, after losing to Nyora in last year’s Grand Final, in heartbreaking circumstances.

It was 50 years since their last premiership and the Crows lost by just four points.

The two sides last met two weeks ago. Longwarry claimed victory, winning 7.8-50 to 13.10-88.

“Last time Longwarry pulled our pants down,” says Ben Wragg, Ellinbank’s playing coach. “But we don’t read too much into that game,” he says. “There are individuals who know they needed to do things better and that’s with them.”

His Longwarry counterpart, Daniel Fry, thinks his side has found momentum at the right time this year. “The middle part of the year we weren’t very good,” he says. “We had a stack of injuries.” Fry says he won’t be making too many changes before the big dance, but he says he has been “basing our side around the conditions.”

“Russell Lehman is going to carry a fair bit of load, Danny Wells as well. Riley Rundell’s always a great player.”

For Fry, a win on Saturday would be bigger than a 2019 season victory.

“You’re representing everyone from the past who have put their blood, sweat and tears into the footy club.” “This year is as good as any.” Ellinbank’s Ben Wragg shares that sentiment. “This club’s gone through a lot of heart break over the last few years, so if we get up, it’ll mean the world to us.”

Will Watson - Warragul & Drouin Gazette


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