MYRTLEFORD keeper Jayden Vescio has rejected claims that the Savoys are the favourites for tomorrow’s cup final.
Vescio said Wodonga Diamonds had dominated the home-and-away season and had quality players all over the park.
He rated their first-round encounter, a 5-4 goalfest won by Diamonds at La Trobe, as the best game of his career.
He said Myrtleford was in hot form now and would carry its dominant semi-final win over Boomers into the game at Jelbart Park.
“But Diamonds have been in top form all year and have match winners all over the park — Nagus Henry and Jarrod Herzina can score goals from anywhere or hit feet if they need to,” he said.
“Their style of play is outstanding, a high-possession game where they play for each other.
“That showed last weekend when they toughed it out against Melrose.
“But at 3 o’clock Sunday, there are no favourites, no past history. It comes down to 90 minutes of football.”
Diamonds coach Jimmy Bell hoped last weekend’s extra-time victory over Melrose was the struggling win his team had to have.
“We couldn’t win the cup on that form,” he said.
“But when it comes to a grand final, it is what happens on the day — the boys seem up to it, they’ve trained well this week and are switched on looking for the double.”
Vescio said star player and golden boot winner Dan Summers was the best player he had seen at Myrtleford and was an inspiration to others.
“Summers brings a different culture to the club — he has got the best out of me, the best out of our squad. The English lads don’t like to lose,” he said.
But Bell said the Savoys were not a one-man band.
“It is no longer just Summers. You have Charlie Romain in the middle, Nick Murphy at the back and a coaching staff that can pick holes in most team’s defence,” he said.
“They have pushed us all throughout the season.
“They were awesome on Saturday night in the semi-final and they deserved to go into the grand final.”
Bell said injured Paul Brunec and Brett Delphin would start from the bench but Brenden Hasler was back in the squad.