Marrar will take an all-or-nothing approach into their final round game against North Wagga at Langtry Oval, knowing only a win will guarantee them a finals spot.
With Coleambally and the Northern Jets sweating on a Bombers loss to keep their own hopes alive, Marrar coach Nic Casey is drumming home to his players that they are in control of their own destiny.
“We’ve just got to win,” Casey said.
“That’s the best thing about it.
“We’ve said, let’s not rely on percentage, let’s do it ourselves.”
AFter the Bombers’ confidence took a hit last week with a 111-point loss to East Wagga-Kooringal, the return of Brad Langtry can’t be underestimated.
“When you can throw the best on-baller in the comp back in, that’s an added bonus,” Casey said.
“He’s a class character, Brad, from his preparation right through to what he has to say.
“You don’t hear him often but when he speaks people listen.”
Langtry has been travelling from Melbourne to play selected games during the year and is now available for as long as the Bombers’ season continues.
“We’ve spoken about not relying on him, but now we’ve got him for the rest of the year, hopefully it goes past this weekend.”
Casey says Langtry eases the pressure on Josh Hagar and Andrew Higginson in the middle, and he’s looking for a flying start against the Saints.
“They’re a young side and if you can get on top early, it’s usually a good sign,” he said.
“Jake May he played well against us last time, and they’ve got good leaders in the Hamblin boys.”
North Wagga are coming off a shock loss against the Jets but they got the better of Marrar at McPherson Oval in round nine.
That was the last game Casey played before succumbing to a knee injury, and he says there were some excuses for the 50-point loss.
“We didn’t have a bench a couple of minutes after halftime after I went down and Higgo (Andrew Higginson) went down, and against a quick, young side that was it.”
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