Lions the “smoky” in the den

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The Mul­wala Lions se­niors are no doubt the smoky when it comes to the Mur­ray League Fi­nals and in­ter­nally are con­fi­dent that they are ca­pa­ble of beat­ing any­one.

Af­ter a mid-sea­son lapse, Mul­wala have found form through the back half of the year and pushed both Nu­murkah and Nathalia dur­ing that pe­riod.

Coach Ja­son San­der­son has a sim­ple but ef­fec­tive game plan that is built around pres­sure. When Mul­wala have played with in­ten­sity and stuck to that game plan they have looked more than ca­pa­ble of beat­ing any team.

Play­ers like gun on­baller Sean Johns and cap­tain Jack­son Gash, have led the way in the mid­field with sup­port from the re­turn­ing Brad Wil­son and the run­ning ma­chine Ross Anasaldi. Both Johns and Gash are goal kick­ing mid­field­ers and have helped ease the pres­sure on su­per­star Ash Froud.

Lach Davis on the wing has been a con­sis­tent per­former all year and will be a key in the fi­nals play­ing on the big­ger grounds.

Glen Do­minick and Josh Ham­mond have played above their height every week and yet have done mag­nif­i­cent jobs against the league’s best for­wards.

Nathan McNair and Con­nor San­der­son will pro­vide the grunt down back whilst the Cook boys, Nathan and Damien will look to re­bound the ball and use their elite kick­ing skills to set up Mul­wala’s at­tack­ing play.

The man moun­tain, Hamish Hosk­ing, is Mul­wala’s most im­por­tant play as he car­ries the ruck du­ties and gives Mul­wala first use.

Up for­ward Ash Froud will once again be re­lied upon to be the main tar­get but will most likely have Dy­lan Robin­son for com­pany as Mul­wala look to use the dou­ble pronged at­tack that has been so ef­fec­tive dur­ing the fi­nal rounds of the sea­son.

Beau Clarke is also vi­tally im­por­tant for Mul­wala’s for­ward-line, the ath­letic big man has a great set of hands and the at­ti­tude that in­di­cates he will be a star in Septem­ber.

Although an un­der­dog Mul­wala has the tools and the per­sonal to cause a heap of dam­age this Septem­ber. Re­serves

Mul­wala re­serves have fin­ished sec­ond on the lad­der and will go into the fi­nals know­ing that they can mix it with the best sides in the com­pe­ti­tion and come out on top. Led by Coach Michael Fletcher who has kept this young group in great shape all year, there next step awaits if they want it bad enough.

Down back, Jake Savy and Nathan Beasley have both had in­cred­i­ble sea­sons. Savy is a dy­namic player who leads the way with an ex­tra­or­di­nary phys­i­cal pres­ence. Nathan Beasley has ar­guably been the most con­sis­tent per­former with com­po­sure and the abil­ity to play for­ward or back.

Ricky Walker and Corey Lindsay are two more cru­cial pieces to the Mul­wala puz­zle. Ricky glides along the ground and his clos­ing speed to spoil is the rea­son he found him­self in the se­niors in re­cent weeks. Lindsay has also tasted se­nior foot­ball this year and his hard­ness is un­matched as he throws him­self into every con­test.

Goal kick­ing mid­fielder, Dy­lan Scott has been an­other con­sis­tent per­former whose form dur­ing the fi­nals will be cru­cial if Mul­wala are to achieve suc­cess.

Tom Dow is the key on­baller how­ever as he looks dan­ger­ous around every stop­page. His vi­sion is amaz­ing and his skills are elite and will no doubt be a big chance for the league B&F.

The young Bull, Beau Nixon will be Mul­wala’s key for­ward and will be well sup­ported by young­ster Craig Frauen­felder who looks like he might have a long ca­reer ahead of him. With a great set of hands, he will be hard to stop no mat­ter the op­po­si­tion.

Mul­wala’s young ruck com­bi­na­tion, Robert Wil­son and Jor­dan Cook, have shone all year. Their ath­leti­cism and fit­ness has been the dif­fer­ence in most games with Robert an­other who has forced his way into the se­niors in the sec­ond half of the year.

Echuca United are no doubt the favourites in the re­serves but Mul­wala will throw ev­ery­thing at the lad­der lead­ers and have per­sonal to win the flag.

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