SENIOR coaches of the vanquished can’t split Myrtleford and Diamonds in tomorrow’s cup decider.
All agree the league champions Diamonds will need to lift for a red-hot Savoys but there are plenty prepared to back that happening.
Albury United’s Adam Carty expects Myrtleford to continue on its winning ways.
“This will be a great game,” Carty said.
“Diamonds weren’t at their best last week but you’re only as good as the opposition allows you to be.
“If Myrtleford play like they have in the last three weeks it’s theirs.
“Look for Myrtleford to allow Diamonds to play out from the back and squeeze the ball off them on the half-way line, then it will be straight to Summers who looks to pull the trigger.”
Twin City’s Jamie Block believed Myrtleford was a good chance.
“Diamonds wobbled last week against Melrose,” he said.
“They are in the fortunate/unfortunate position where they are in all three cup finals for the men which will really test their depth.”
Wodonga Heart’s Tyson Mason tipped a 3-2 scoreline to Diamonds “but they need to get off to a good start, particularly after last week against Melrose”.
Melrose FC’s Josh Fluss is also tipping a close contest but favoured the boys from the Ovens Valley.
“The experience of players like Dan Summers, Charlie Romain, Steve Sacco and Nathan Mirt in a big game like this will shine through,” he said.
“But it will eventually be the team that takes its chances.
“Myrtleford have been at the top end of the ladder for several years without reward — it’s their turn.”
Boomers coach and runner-up in this year’s star player award Andrew Grove said it was Diamonds for the double.
“They are solid all over the park and have too much firepower up front for Myrtleford to contain,” he said.
Andy Stevens from St Pat’s agreed, while Hotspurs’ John Irvine believed Diamonds’ composure would pay off.
Wangaratta’s Jon Shaw is sitting on the fence: “My heart says Diamonds but the head says Myrtleford.”