Mulwala 1.1, 5.4 7.8 11.18 84
Rumbulara 3.3, 6.3 6.7 6.7 43
Mulwala Reserves have overcome a sluggish start to record a memorable finals win beating Rumbalara by five goals on Sunday.
When Rumbalara kicked the first goal of the second term to take a 4 goal to 1 lead, Mulwala’s promising season looked in tatters.
The magnets on Mick Fletcher’s whiteboard were flung into the air as there appeared to be holes all over the ground.
But this young Reserves team were not ready to lie down and in the next 3 quarters would show enormous resolve and a fighting spirit to roar back into the game and book themselves a spot in next week’s Preliminary final.
Corey Lindsay was beaten early in the back pocket but he was no doubt the catalyst for change as his move up the ground brought his hunger to the source and things soon began to turn.
Beau Nixon moved into the ruck with an immediate impact.
The bustling youngster who has spent most of the season at full forward was amazing as he won the hit outs and turned the tide.
Nathan Beasley is just pure class and the way he controlled centre half back showed he was the complete footballer.
Jake Savy oozes leadership in everything he does and on Sunday it was desperate spoils and smothers at full back as he saved multiple goals.
The midfield group of Dylan Scott, Tom Dow and Jackson Weir worked hard to grab the upper hand and once they took control they dominated.
Youngsters in Wade Dennis and Ricky Walker had key moments with Wade’s goal the sealer of the game.
Robert Wilson was also crucial as he moved to Rumbalara’s most dangerous forward and quelled his influence.
AJ Maskell who has spent the whole year in defence put his stamp on the game with 2 crucial goals whilst Lewis Taylor was in everything on the wing.
Perhaps the most crucial decision by Coach Fletcher was the switch of Jarryd Wilson to full forward.
The wiz was amazing and kicked the first goal of the second half and time and again competed one against three, forcing stoppages and setting up others.
The move also released Adam Rouel into the midfield which was also a winner.
Rouel’s pace was electric and his pressure around the stoppages instrumental in the win.
After Mulwala broke clear in the final term, Cam Magher shone as his marking and goal kicking took Mulwala to another level.
Rumbalara then lost the plot and a series of fifty metre penalties saw Mulwala cruise to a 5 goal win.
Attention now turns to the preliminary final next week against Nathalia in Rumbalara.
Mulwala 35 defeated by Congupna 41.
Mulwala 26 defeated by Deniliquin 35.