Lions the “smoky” in the den
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.