MULWALA will target Farran and Rowan Priest in Saturday’s second semi-final.
The pair of Echuca United stars have put the Lions to the sword every time they’ve met this year and Mulwala coach Nic O’Bryan said stopping the dynamic duo would play a big part in his team’s chances of progressing to the grand final this week.
“We definitely need to try and shutdown the two Priest boys,” he said.
“We don’t usually tag but we’ll have someone go to Farran this week.
“Last time we didn’t get the match up right and he kicked seven goals.
“We need to try and find the right match-up.”
Farran, who is averaging six goals a game against Mulwala this season, has booted 71 for the season.
O’Bryan said opposing coach Scott Beattie, Duane Hueston and Guy Campbell also had to be stopped.
The winner of Saturday’s clash at Echuca will assume outright favouritism for the flag but O’Bryan said his team could still win the premiership, should they lose this week.
“It’s pretty important to win this week but it’s just more peace of mind, than anything,” he said.
“It gives you two weeks to concentrate on a grand final and I suppose you get that relief of knowing you’ve made it and that sort of thing.
“We’ve got a full list at the moment but you never know what will happen.
“Having that extra week off allows you to freshen up.”
The Eagles are the only team to beat Mulwala this year.
And Echuca United is the only team Mulwala is yet to beat.
But O’Bryan isn’t concerned.
“They’ve probably been the form side for most of the year and they’ve got us both times,” he said.
“But I don’t think we’re too far behind.”
In the other final, on Sunday, Finley and Numurkah face elimination in the knockout semi- final.
The Cats thrashed Deniliquin Rams by 43 points last weekend.
Numurkah, meanwhile, continues to slip under the radar and is peaking at the right time of year.
The Blues disposed of Cobram by 41 points in last Sunday’s elimination final.