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‘Made of the right stuff’

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September 25, 2017

Proud as punch: Nathalia captain Jarrod Maskell and coach Craig Kellow share the spoils of another premiership.

Craig Kellow stood to the side of his celebrating charges after they had just won yet another Murray Football League premiership and the smile on his face could have provided the Mercury Dve facilities with light well into the night.

‘‘I believed in our guys and what’s under that jumper. We just held our nerve when we needed to I thought,’’ he said.

‘‘We stuck to the plan, we never deviate and again we’ve been able to get it done.

‘‘My boys are made of the right stuff.’’

With Numurkah pressing in the last quarter, Kellow urged his troops to give him one last effort for the year.

‘‘I told them there’s 25 minutes of footy left for the year, dig deep,’’ he said.

‘‘We knew to defend the far side when we needed to, but we still wanted to attack, we didn’t want to put numbers behind the ball and be too negative that we wouldn’t score ourselves.

‘‘Both sides were sapped, it was all about just digging in and really the team that wanted it I felt was going to get there.’’

The Purples have engineered eight flags in 13 seasons, but this will stand the test of time as one of the best.

‘‘After the year we’ve had it probably rates pretty special to be honest,’’ Kellow said.

‘‘I’ve had a couple of ex-premiership coaches come up to me and they said it was one of the best. We were probably underdogs and we’ve had a wretched year with injury.

‘‘We’ve been able to get our list to somewhat back to where it needs to be, but it was a real struggle.’’

Kellow’s list could be in for some change next season, but he hoped all of his players stuck around for another tilt.

‘‘We’ve got some good kids that might want to better their footy, we’ve got some older guys who I’m not sure whether they’ll stay with it, but I’m pretty confident they will,’’ he said.

‘‘It keeps people at the club you hope doesn’t it, if you can have a bit of success.

‘‘But you’re never guaranteed anything.’’

What does seem to be guaranteed, at least since 2004, is that if Nathalia makes finals, it will win the premiership.

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