Marrar veterans Mitch and Clint Taylor prepare for a grand final together

SPECIAL OCCASION: Marrar defenders Clint (left) and Mitch Taylor at the Bombers' final training run this week. The pair will play their first grand final together on Saturday against Temora. Picture: Les Smith
SPECIAL OCCASION: Marrar defenders Clint (left) and Mitch Taylor at the Bombers' final training run this week. The pair will play their first grand final together on Saturday against Temora. Picture: Les Smith

Marrar’s Mitch Taylor says nerves aren’t a bad thing in a grand final. 

It’s just a matter of channelling the energy.

“I didn’t get overly nervous last week, which was a good thing,” Taylor said. 

“We really played to our strengths last week and hopefully we can bring it again this week.

“It’ll be different again on Saturday – you’ve got to hold the nerves back. But they’re always a good thing. They fire you up too.”

Not that he’ll need much firing up. Taylor is a survivor of the 2009 and 2011 losses (he missed 2010 with injury). 

His brother Clint spent those years at Ganmain, where he won three titles.

Taylor, right, goes into battle against the Jets, alongside star forward Brad Turner.

Taylor, right, goes into battle against the Jets, alongside star forward Brad Turner.

Now, they’ll dig in together and try to bring a senior flag home for the Marrar faithful. 

“I thought he wasn’t going to play this year then he got the urge again and Shane (Lenon) must’ve talked him around,” Mitch said.

“I’m definitely glad he did. He’s been a pleasure to play alongside, and you learn a lot from him every game.”

Mitch’s move from the midfield has breathed new life into the 28-year-old’s game and Clint, 34, says the fact they’ve played together in defence all year only adds to the occasion. 

Mitch Taylor in the 2014 preliminary final against Temora

Mitch Taylor in the 2014 preliminary final against Temora

“When I was at Ganmain, I come and watched the Marrar boys and to see the disappointment on Mitchy’s face and that when they got beaten was a bit shattering,” Clint said. 

“It’s nice to be there this week alongside him. It’ll be exciting to share it with him. Especially playing down back together, I’ve enjoyed that this year and it makes life a lot easier. 

“It’s the best footy I’ve ever seen him play and I think he’s enjoyed the role down there.”

The Taylor brothers have both played more than 200 games for the club, bringing up the milestones within weeks of each other last season.

Clint coaching Marrar in 2014.

Clint coaching Marrar in 2014.

Clint, 34, has also coached the Bombers – culminating in a preliminary final in 2014 (which, coincidentally, they lost to Temora). 

He said the secret to this year’s success is the balance and depth in their team, right around the ground, allowing them to cope with injuries and build a campaign. 

Mitch puts his superb season in his new role down to Lenon’s influence.

He said the coach has got the team playing well and there’s no reason to change things for the last game.

Mitch can pull a move in the backline

Mitch can pull a move in the backline

“We’ll just keep playing our attacking style,” Mitch said. “That’s what’s won us a lot of games this year so we’ll keep doing it.”

A one-club man who’s been at Langtry Oval for almost half his life, he knows what success would mean.

“I’ve been at Marrar since I was 15… it’d be absolutely great, mate,” Mitch said.

“The whole community, it’s just a big family, they’re all great people.”