Nagambie stuns Violet Town in elimination final boilover
“Jack Exell is probably the most dangerous forward in the competition, and he had six at half-time, so the main focus to begin the second half was stopping him,” Muir said.
“We just tried to work hard defensively and limit his space and it seemed to work, limiting him to only two in the second half.
“From there we also got our running game going after half-time, our young boys really lifted and I think our willingess to attack with our ball movement was so important in getting us back in the game.”
With the Lakers cutting the margin to just six points at the final change, the game was set for a grandstand finish.
And as they have done so often over the past decade, the Lakers got it done.
With the play pin-balling from end to end and both teams riding waves of momentum, the experience of Nagambie allowed it to get in front midway through the last term and stay there.
In an exhibition in closing out a final, the Lakers kicked one last goal for good measure late in the piece, securing the famous finals victory.
Muir praised the work of Moore, whose six goals saw him take beston-ground honours.
“Jono Moore in his first senior final kicked six for us and was just a really good focal point for us in attack,” Muir said.
“Trent Laverie has been really good all year and put in another great performance, while Blake and Nathan Fothergill were also great on the day.
“But overall, it was a great team performance and everyone put in. We had no passengers, which probably gave us the advantage over Violet Town.”
The Lakers will now enjoy a week off before facing the loser of the Murchison-Toolamba and Lancaster game in a cutthroat semi-final at Central Park Recreation Reserve.
Muir said confidence within his team was sky high as it continued to charge towards the pointy end of the season.
“We are a pretty confident group and, with a week off now, we feel we will be right up for a big semi-final,” he said.
“We should get a few back as well, which is even better, and hopefully we can just continue to play better footy.”
Minor premier Avenel will be in action this weekend as it faces Stanhope in an intriguing qualifying final at Rushworth Recreation Reserve.