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MFL preview - Numurkah v Nathalia

By Tyler Maher

One of the first games circled on the Murray Football League calendar — along with its early-season counterpart — arrives again tomorrow.

In what can only be known as ‘Super Sunday’, fierce rivals Numurkah and Nathalia lock horns in a standalone match with a huge crowd expected to cheer them on.

‘‘It’s obviously an annual thing and we’re lucky to be able to do it twice a year,’’ Numurkah co-coach Jye Warren said.

‘‘The crowds are pretty impressive, it does become like a Super Sunday with (the likes of) Waaia and Katunga not playing on the same day, the whole community gets around it.’’

The Purples claimed victory in the round four contest between the outfits, but Warren and his troops know what mistakes were made in the 35-point defeat.

‘‘We’ve been working on where we went wrong last time,’’ he said.

‘‘Hopefully we can match it with them for the whole four quarters.

‘‘But we’re halfway through the season so if things don’t go our way (tomorrow) it’s not the end of the world.’’

The Blues had the better of Rumbalara last week in a 41-point triumph, with the likes of Josh Hoffmann (five goals), Zach McKeown, Josh O’Dwyer and the returning Ben Gunning dominating.

But the Purples were ominous in a thrashing of Tungamah — the 130-point result engineered on the back of Alex Hicks (10 goals), Liam Evans (four) and Adam Jorgensen (four).

‘‘We put Zach down back for the first time and he did a great job on Rex Taylor, he shut him down,’’ Warren said.

‘‘He’s only 16 and uses the ball really well by foot.

‘‘Clancy Lester as a key position back has really stood up down there and he’ll get a job on one of their big guys this week.

‘‘Josh Hoffmann has just been screaming out for some midfield opportunity and when he rested forward he was great as well.

‘‘Josh O’Dwyer was unlucky to get dropped by the Bushies (Murray Bushrangers) but the silver lining was that he got the opportunity to work hard with us. He gave us so much run and carry and we really just gave him a licence to take the game on. With the bye this week we’ll have him again which is great.’’

Grant Gallus will miss tomorrow’s contest for the Blues.