Unbeaten Blues confident of rolling Good Friday nemesis

AN unbeaten Greta outfit is confident of turning the tables on Good Friday rivals Moyhu.

Always a grudge match between the two clubs, Blues coach Brent Nichols said they were better prepared to halt the Hoppers in their bid for a hat-trick of Good Friday wins.

“Moyhu probably have wood on us of late, and last year they beat us comfortably,” he said.

“But generally in the last 10 years it has always been a highly contested, a bit of a grudge match between us and we’re a lot more confident this year.”

The Blues recruited a swathe of new and former players and coupled that with a strong pre-season preparation.

And it’s given them the ideal start, with three straight wins.

“But you can never write off Moyhu,” Nichols said.

“They’ve been a quality side over the past few years so I reckon it will be pretty tight.

“Not taking anything away from the other sides, but the Hoppers will probably be our toughest test in the past month.”

As well as recruiting well, Nichols said plenty of young players had been developed at the club and were starting to step up to the challenge.

“I think our strength over the past three weeks have been our backline and our ability to rebound and attack from the back,” he said.

“Our midfielders are defensively-minded and push back hard, which allows our half backs to be more attacking.

“That’s worked for us so far.”

Young Blues ruckmen Tom Fursdon and Matt Hill will have a job to do on Hopper Anthony Welsh.

But Nichols said if they could it would give the Blues a big advantage.

Half-backs Brett Pollard and Jason Humphries have also had a good year so far and will need another big game for the Blues.

The match will be played at the Wangaratta Showgrounds.

“It’s a good opportunity to showcase both clubs to people who might not get the chance to see Greta or Moyhu,” Nichols said.