It’s not for nothing that the third quarter is called ‘the premiership quarter’ and it’s not surprising Marrar captain Josh Hagar led the way.
The skipper produced two grand final plays in four minutes, hitting Brad Turner beautifully and then winning a free kick with his pressure, which led to Turner’s fourth goal and a 14-point lead.
In between he’d been heavily targetted by Temora.
“Well, he’s the captain. He’s tough. That what you want your captain doing,” coach Shane Lenon said.
A triple premiership player with the Roos, Hagar, who lives outside Marrar, was rapt to bring one home.
“It means a tremendous amount,” he said. “It’s such a tight-knit group in the community. Everyone’s one big family pretty much out there. And it’s been a while.”
Marrar had plenty of contributors in the middle, from Jesse Margosis and Cal Gardner to Shannon Williams and Jackson Moye.
But the skipper was among them. And he delivered in the moments that mattered.
“His whole game was unbelievable,” Turner said. “The amount of in-and-under work he does, hard-ball-gets and there wasn’t a bloke who got out of the middle for them that he wasn’t wrapped around.”
At the other end of the ground, defenders Clint and Mitch Taylor were also in awe.
“Just so many tackles in that last quarter – it was just ridiculous how many tackles he got to and how many balls he won,” Mitch said.
“He just doesn’t stop, he leads by example,” Clint said.
“He’s a bit of a bull in the middle… he wasn’t on the board in the middle at three-quarter-time and Sparks (Shane Lenon) quickly put him back in there.
“It’s a bit of relief for me to see him in there. You know he’s going to put his heart and soul into it.”