MCDFNL senior football grand final | Navarre v Carisbrook

The Grasshoppers will compete in their seventh consecutive Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League (MCDFL) senior grand final on Saturday. 

A victory over Carisbrook would be a record-breaking fifth consecutive premiership for Navarre. 

The Grasshoppers currently share the record of most consecutive MCDFL senior premierships of four in a row with Talbot from between 1995 to 1998. 

Navarre coach Jayden Fowkes said it has been a relativley calm week in the lead up to the game.

“Everything has been pretty cruisy at the moment,” he said.

“We had a light session on Tuesday night and had a chat about what needs to happen on Saturday.”

Saturday will be the fourth successive senior grand final featuring the Grasshoppers and Redbacks with this year’s big game expected to be the closest yet. 

Carisbrook have been unable to trouble Navarre in previous grand finals, the closest loss being 41 points in 2016. 

The Redbacks handed Navarre its only loss  of the season back in round five before the Grasshoppers squared the ledger with a 25-point win in round 15.

The Redbacks are likely to be without new Berry Powell Medal winner Jackson bowen after suffering a shoulder injury in last weekend’s preliminary final win, forcing him to have surgery. Midfielder Jon Gray is also in doubt following a head knock in the same game.

Fowkes said it is a postiive having seen the Redbacks twice so far.

“It makes it a lot easier playing them a few times throughout the season,” he said.

“They have a bit of a different team so it is good to see some of their newer players.”

The Grasshoppers have won their last 13 games of the season, including dominant finals wins over Harcourt and Natte Bealiba. 

Despite uninterrupted success, Fowkes said the feeling of grand final week is still exciting.

“It is pretty similar to the last few years and it is always a special feeling I guess,” he said.

“We don’t take our position for granted at all. We have a few guys that haven’t won a flag with us before so the drive is always still there.”

First bounce is at 2.35pm on Saturday, September 16. 

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