Where is it being played?: Morwell Rec Reserve
What time is the seniors game scheduled to start?: 2:35pm, Saturday September 7th
Yallourn Yallourn North enter the 2019 MGFL grand final as deserving favourites with their unbeaten season built on a team full of talent complemented by a tremendous team understanding instilled by playing coach Barrie Burnett.
Hill End have reached their first grand final in 38 years and their week would be one of excitement and pride with some nervousness about wanting to perform for a club and community that have rallied behind them on their journey.
As much as we can speculate about what we expect to see based on what we have witnessed during the season, the decider is a unique occasion and a different ball game altogether.
The Bombers took the points on both occasions throughout the season, first in round four by just two points and then by 44 points in the round 13 rematch.
If they are given a little room to move and some favourable spring conditions they will prove hard to beat, however, if it is a wet day they have proven to be more vulnerable.
Power forwards Keenan Hughes (83 goals) and Dean Macdonald (72) are the obvious duo whose impact will need to be quelled if the Hillmen are a chance to grab the flag, but coach Mike Santo remained tight-lipped about any details of the game plan.
As much as we can articulate what we expect to see based on what we have witnessed during the season, here is how the coaches see the contest this weekend.
Barrie Burnett – Yallourn-Yallourn North
“Really looking forward to Saturday, the boys are excited. Hill end has brought a lot of momentum into this week and its great to see them there but we are rested and ready.
“Had a week off to freshen up and got over some niggles so we will have a full list to pick from. Its going be a tough match. Hill End have some very good players. We know what we need to do and if we can do that hopefully the result will be in our favour.”
Mike Santo – Hill End
“We need to keep doing what we’ve been doing all year, growing in belief, in confidence and playing fast confident, accountable football. We are staring to string larger patches of quality play together but still have mental lapses on occasions which proved costly last time.
“Barrie again has done a great job with his boys, what a great team they are. It’s hard to find any weakness, very hard but we obviously have a few ideas and areas we think we could expose.”
Latrobe Valley Express and MGFL website
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