Blues de­ter­mined to win

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

Los­ing is not an op­tion for the Univer­sity Blues when they take on the Waitakere Mag­pies in the Auck­land Aus­tralian Foot­ball League (AAFL) grand fi­nal on Sunday.

The de­fend­ing pre­miers know they face a mam­moth task against the Mag­pies who have al­ready claimed the AAFL mi­nor premiership this year.

‘‘Win­ning is a goal that we have set out to achieve at the start of the sea­son, win­ning is why we play,’’ Blues coach Chris Mun­dell says.

‘‘But we un­der­stand that it won’t just come to us. Waitakere are just as keen to win it as we are.’’

Mag­pies head into the fi­nal at QBE Sta­dium this Sunday as favourites af­ter an un­beaten run this sea­son, but Univer­sity take com­fort from a draw in an ear­lier out­ing, when they met in round nine.

‘‘Our last out­ing against them was a draw which we should have won so we can go into the fi­nal con­fi­dent that we can beat them.

‘‘But cer­tainly we won’t be com­pla­cent. They are a very strong team.

‘‘Any team that goes through the sea­son un­beaten de­serves full re­spect and we will need to be on top of our game if we are to take it from them.’’

Univer­sity has held onto the sil­ver­ware for the last two years and are desperate to keep it that way.

The grand fi­nal kicks off at 2pm.

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