MGFNL Preliminary Final @ Yinnar
Tarwin v Yinnar
It always hard to gauge a match, in a preliminary final, where one side when who have been higher ranked but coming off a loss are set to meet a team that although finishing below them in the home and away season, bring winning form into a preliminary final
Tarwin finished the season on top with just two losses for the year, but after last week's third defeat at the hands of Newborough, all of a sudden the Sharks look beatable to a side that only made it into the leagues top six for the first time in the last round of the year!!
Yinnar are at full strength, they are playing good football and they have momentum, all of which will be tested by Tarwin.
Daniel Taylor, Yinnar coach "This week is another great opportunity against Tarwin with the winner going on to the big dance, Tarwin obviously didn't get the result they were after on the weekend but there a good side and they finished on top of the ladder for a reason, they'll be ready and looking to bounce back but i'm confident we'll be up for the fight and ready to go again. It should be a cracker.
When the two sides met in round one of the year it was Tarwin in a close one and Magpies coach Daniel Taylor said at the time "Our intensity was off early which put us on the back foot for most of the day, to be fair I thought we were lucky to still be in the game at 3/4 time as Tarwin were clearly the better side. We rolled the dice in the last and fought it out but came up short unfortunately. Proud of the fight back but disappointed with how we started.
Troy Hemming after the season opener said he was pleased to get his season off to a winning start. "Great start by our full squad! Very impressed with the new players coming into the club and also our local veterans turning back the clock! Seniors showed great fight for four quarters! We trained our game plan all pre-season and the boys stuck to it!
Yinnar were a good outfit and kept coming all day! Great club and I wish them all the best for the rest of the season."
I'm sure those well wishes don't extend to this weekend, but coach Hemming will no doubt have a healthy respect for his opponents who are on the verge of something pretty special.
The Magpies season appeared dead and buried a month out from finals but a winning streak coupled with some fortuitous results around them had them sneak into the six in the last few minutes of the home and away season.
It the stuff of dreams in some ways for Yinnar with Tarwin looming and wanting to become their nightmare.