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Do you believe in miracles?

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September 14, 2017

Tungamah playing coach Jeremy O'Brien.

Rennie playing coach Craig Ednie.

After two straight winless seasons, Rennie could achieve the near impossible on Saturday.

Rennie, who in round two snapped a 42-game losing streak, is in its first Picola District Football League south-east grand final since 2011, a goal coach Craig Ednie had in mind when he became playing coach at the beginning on this season.

‘‘It is huge for the club, they have been in a dire situation for a long time and then to be in a grand final is awesome,’’ Ednie said.

‘‘The vibe is great amongst the group, when I came in I had a goal of making finals, but in the back of my mind I wanted to play off in another grand final.’’

The Grasshoppers finished third and will have another crack at minor premier Tungamah in the grand final at Katandra after overcoming Shepparton East in a preliminary final.

The underdogs ousted the reigning premier with a 37-point win and will take a similar mindset into Saturday.

‘‘They will go in with a fair bit more experience as a club; we are trying not to get too over the top and excited as a team,’’ Ednie said.

‘‘We have a fair few younger boys running, they have beaten us twice before, but we will take confidence out of our second semi-final loss.’’

The Grasshoppers stunned the Bears by 33 points in round 13, but they blew a lead in a 14-point second semi loss after playing the final term with two injured players.

‘‘It will be another good contest, we take a lot out of those results, we know what we need to do in order to get a result and we have been working towards that,’’ Ednie said.

Gareth Oughton injured his knee in the second semi and despite walking around with crutches and a knee brace on Monday night, Ednie has not ruled out the forward.

‘‘He has been at the club during the hard times, so we will give him until Saturday morning to prove his fitness,’’ Ednie said.

‘‘But to be honest, it isn’t looking likely, but there is a chance.’’

Former AFL ruckmen Steve McKee (Richmond and Collingwood) and Chris Oliver (St Kilda) will clash in a battle that could determine the result.

The two faced each other for the first time in the league a fortnight ago, with Oliver just taking the honours.

‘‘It will be a great match-up, the two came in late and have had short seasons, so they will be fit and ready to go,’’ Ednie said.

Forward Chase Strawhorn will be hoping to kick more than his single goal the last time these two sides met, having already snared 64 in 15 games.

‘‘He is a determined man, early on he didn’t get much of the sniff and then he kicked just the one after the (final) siren,’’ Ednie said.

‘‘We are looking for everyone to step up, not just him.’’

Matt Pendergast, Jarryd Fountain and Mitch Collins-Bye will also play key roles, while veteran Khris Willett defended a striking charge at the tribunal last night.

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