BRENDAN Fevola says getting off to a flyer is crucial to Yarrawonga’s chances of going back-to-back in tomorrow’s Ovens and Murray decider against Albury.
And the stats back him up.
The leader at quarter- time has won eight of the past 10 games between the league heavyweights.
“The start’s going to be important,” Fevola said yesterday.
“It’s always been important in all the games we’ve played.
“If we can get off to a good start then hopefully we can stay in front.
“We don’t want things to be too close because we know how well they fight back.
“They’re going to throw everything at us.
“We saw it in last year’s grand final.
“They’re a great club with great players.
“Hopefully we don’t give them a sniff.
“That’s the key.”
Fevola was the headline act at yesterday’s grand final parade at Yarrawonga.
Thousands of people, mostly school children, flocked to the Lake Mulwala foreshore to catch a glimpse of this year’s grand final combatants.
Mulwala, which will compete in the Murray league decider at Tocumwal today, also had a float while Picola South East league premier Tungamah was represented as well.
The now defunct Burramine football club and remaining members of Yarrawonga’s 1959 premiership team also joined the parade.
Fevola admitted he had a touch of nerves heading into the biggest game of the season.
“It’s been a long wait,” the former Carlton and Brisbane star said.
“Last year I was obviously injured and didn’t really get nervous or worried about it because I just wanted to get out there.
“But this week, knowing what to expect and knowing there’s going to be a big crowd there, I haven’t had much sleep.
“I even watched the grand final from last year twice.
“It’s been a long wait.”
Fevola said he kept track of last Sunday’s preliminary final and while he was shocked Lavington lost after leading by as much as 20 points, 15 minutes into the final quarter, he wasn’t surprised by Albury’s fightback.
“Lavington were pretty stiff to get rolled in the end, I reckon,” Fevola said.
“But good teams find a way to win.
“You couldn’t have written it any better.
“Fifth time in a row, we’re going at it again.
“As The Border Mail had the other day, it’s round 5 — Ding, ding, ding.”
Fevola, who arrived on the Border with fellow Yarrawonga star Kayne Pettifer on Thursday, said the Pigeons had every reason to be confident.
“If we play the footy we’ve been playing over the past couple of weeks we win,” Fevola said.
“It’s pretty simple.”