BROCK-Burrum utility Dean Murphy believes the Saints won’t lack any confidence when they clash with home-and-away nemesis Henty in the second semi-final at Walbundrie on Saturday.
The Saints — who claimed their first minor premiership since merging in 2006 with a 16-2 record — suffered their only two defeats of the season so far at the hands of the Swampies.
Only one point separated the sides in their first round encounter with the Swampies also enjoying a 20-point victory in their most recent clash in round 16.
Murphy said lessons learnt from those two encounters have put the Saints in a strong position to be the first side to advance into the grand final.
“Henty will start favourites simply because they have beaten us both times already,” Murphy said.
“But we are looking forward to the challenge and know we are going to have to play extremely well to match them — it’s up to us whether we can sustain our effort over four-quarters to beat them.
“We have prepared really well and think we have got the right game plan suited to our side.
“If we do lose it won’t be through our lack of preparation or desire — it will be simply because we weren’t good enough on the day.”
Murphy is the longest serving Saint on the list, having joined the club in 2005.
The reliable defender has spent his entire career with the Saints except for a one year stint with Wodonga in 2009.
The success-starved Saints have never played in a grand final with the 2010 preliminary final their highest finish since the merger.
Before the merger, Brocklesby won its most recent flag in 1958 with Burrumbuttock last tasting the ultimate success in 1969.
Murphy said the Saints superior depth this season gave the club its best chance of snapping the premiership drought.
“This is definitely the best list we’ve had in my time at the club,” he said.
“We have got a lot more depth with the majority of our seconds side having played seniors in previous years.
“In 2010 we probably relied too heavily on too few a players to win each week.
“This season we have a lot more flexibility and that even spread of contributors.”
Murphy has enjoyed another stellar season and is just as adept at playing key back as he is key forward and has booted 25 goals.
The athletic tall said he didn’t have a preference which end of the ground he played.
“As long as I’m contributing it doesn’t really worry me,” he said.
“It all depends on match-ups and I’m just happy to play my role.”
- Former Geelong premiership captain Tom Harley will be guest speaker at the Hume league’s Azzi Medal count at Henty next Wednesday.