MULWALA coach Nic O’Bryan has warned Echuca United to expect a different Lions’ line-up when they clash in the Murray Football League grand final at Tocumwal on Saturday.
After being belted by 50 points in the semi- final, O’Bryan said changes would be made as the club attempts to end a 23-year premiership drought.
“What we did last game definitely didn’t work,” O’Bryan said.
“We have had a good look at them and will tinker with a few things and hopefully get it right.”
Mulwala survived a late lapse in concentration to defeat Finley by 13 points in last weekend’s preliminary final and leading goalkickers Chase Strawhorn and Anthony Giuliano will need to have big days to be any chance of upsetting Echuca United.
Michael Duiker bobbed up with five goals last weekend in a bonus for O’Bryan.
“Obviously in the last 15 minutes we faded against Finley, but I think we might of thought we had it in the bag,” he said.
“I wasn’t too worried about how we finished the game.
“The boys are hungry.
“Mulwala has been thereabouts for so long with a lot of thirds over the years and a couple of runner-ups.
“I have played in two grand final losses myself.
“All the players and supporters and everyone around town is pretty keen for a Mul win.”
Although Mulwala finished on top of the ladder, Echuca United defeated the Lions by 16, 23 and 50 points in their three meetings to assume the title as flag favourite.
Eagles’ coach Scott Beattie said he expected Mulwala to make subtle changes from the last time the teams played.
“I just think they will play with a bit more intensity,” Beattie said.
“Both sides know a fair bit about each other
“We know what to expect and it’s just going to come down to who is going to be better for longer.
“We feel like we have kept a couple of cards up our sleeve.”
Beattie was an interested onlooker at last weekend’s preliminary final when Mulwala led by 29 points at the last change before the Cats hit back and closed to within two goals.
“Mulwala were good early and Finley came back into the game, which Finley can do because as they are a good side,” he said.
“I thought Mulwala controlled the game though and were really impressive.
“We will obviously have our work cut out.”