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Hard work about to start for Numurkah

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August 30, 2017

Numurkah secured the Murray Football League minor premiership for the first time since 1999 on Saturday with a third successive thumping of a strong opponent.

Numurkah secured the Murray Football League minor premiership for the first time since 1999 on Saturday with a third successive thumping of a strong opponent.

After belting Mulwala by 74 points and Deniliquin by 192, the Blues handed Echuca United a huge loss of its own at the Numurkah Showgrounds in a complete performance.

‘‘It’s a strange one, we’re playing some nice footy at the moment, but we’re not sure if it’s us playing well or our opponents playing badly,’’ co-coach Chris O’Dwyer said.

‘‘But it was a pretty solid win, our focus is on what we can keep sides to and it was a credit to the backline for doing their job, but also to the midfield.

‘‘When it’s coming in in dribs and drabs, rather than on a silver platter, it makes it easier for everyone to defend.’’

Fellow co-coach Lucas White booted seven goals in the victory, with Michael Herlihy and Tim Arnel each managing four, while Braydon Sutton and Mitch Price stood out from the rest in the team performance.

The Blues earn a weekend of rest before taking on rival Nathalia in a second semi-final blockbuster.

‘‘We’re in a healthy spot, but the quicker it comes around the better, to be honest,’’ O’Dwyer said.

‘‘We’d be happy to play it on Saturday, but we’ll use the week off to our advantage and work hard, but more importantly enjoy it.’’

O’Dwyer was a part of the 1999 Numurkah team that went on to win back-to-back premierships, and knows all too well that his side’s job only begins now.

‘‘To do all the hard work and finish a game clear on top with a double chance is huge,’’ he said.

‘‘But we don’t take it for granted, we’ve got there by working hard and thoroughly deserved it with a tough draw, but we’ve got a little bit of work to do to get there (a grand final) yet.

‘‘And we’re desperate to get there.’’

Kyle Armstrong kicked Echuca United’s only goal, while Tom McMinn and Lance Oswald held their heads high in defeat.

The Eagles face a trip to Mulwala to take on Barooga next week.

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