A NEW Millewa Football League champion will be crowned tomorrow. Will it be Don Falvo, left, and his Gol Gol Hawks? Or will Nangiloc assistant coach Reece Knights and teammates break their premiership drought? See today’s Mildura Weekly for all the latest ahead of grand final day for the MFL, Millewa Netball Association and the Sunraysia Women’s Football League. Photo: PAUL MENSCH
By MITCH RODD
BREAKING a run of three consecutive preliminary final losses is just the first step for Nangiloc.
The Demons are into their first Millewa Football League (MFL) grand final since 1999, and are chasing their first premiership since their hat-trick from 1993.
They come up against a Gol Gol side who are desperate to atone for last year’s grand final loss to Bambill by winning their first premiership cup since 2010.
Staunch ‘Nangi’ fans have been rain dancing for some time, and they hope the ‘drought’ will be over by tomorrow night.
The Demons have had their fair share of struggles in the past decade of the MFL, including almost being forced into recess.
Club assistant coach Reece Knights said there was a great feeling around the club ahead of tomorrow’s contest at Lake Cullulleraine.
“It’s my first year out here, but a few of the boys have been here for the three preliminary final losses,” he said.
“It’s great to finally get over that hurdle. Some of the stalwarts of the club haven’t played in a grand final yet.
“It’s always a good contest between us and Gol Gol. I think they’re going in as favourites, but there is definitely less expectation on us so we can go in with a bit more freedom.”
Their last contest in the semi-final two weeks ago proved spiteful, with each team missing players through suspension.
Nangiloc will play without coach John Guthrie (two weeks suspension), while Gol Gol will be missing Zak Russell (two weeks) and Clay Kerr (six weeks).
In his first season in the MFL since switching from Irymple, Knights said he had enjoyed his time wearing the red and blue.
“It’s different to Sunraysia footy but the club has been really welcoming and accommodating,” he said.
“We have brought a few guys out, or back, this year who have a bit of that senior SFNL experience, and I think that probably helped add a bit to the experience guys like David Keens and Ben Mansell have out here.
“The majority of us are around 25-years-old so I think it’s the ideal age group.”
The MFL grand final between Gol Gol and Nangiloc is scheduled from 2.30pm tomorrow at Lake Cullulleraine.