‘Stick tight and keep good vibe’

Norm Minns medallist Joel Mackie.
Norm Minns medallist Joel Mackie.

NORM Minns medallist Joel Mackie said the Ovens and Murray team must stick together after its 125-point thumping of the Hampden league.

The Albury champion, who won the medal as the best player on the ground, said the job wasn’t done.

“It’s all about next year and the year after now,” Mackie said.

“We’ve got to stick together now.

“Hopefully, everyone does — we’ve had such a good vibe this year.”

Mackie was outstanding on Saturday, continually churning out clearances for the league team as the midfield chief orchestrator.

The 2012 Morris medallist, who has been a long-time supporter of representative football, played down his performance.

“It’s good to play with all these guys,” he said.

“And it’s an absolute honour to win something like that medal when you are up against the calibre of players we have.”

“But it really could have gone to anyone today.”

Despite coming under pressure early, Mackie said the team had been confident of pulling away from Hampden when it mattered.

“It’s always a bit of an unknown when you come into games like this,” Mackie said.

“We always planned for them to come out hard and they did early.

“But we thought with our team, — and it’s good everyone got behind it — that it would eventually unfold for us and it did.”