HENTY captain-coach Josh Gaynor has faith in the Swampies’ ability to get the job done in Saturday’s Hume League grand final.
Gaynor is in his first season in charge at Henty but the Swampies will be after back-to-back premierships when they tackle Brocklesby-Burrumbuttock at Walbundrie Sportsground.
The former Wagga Tigers player and coach knows exactly what part of the game holds the key to a Henty victory.
“I think we have to nullify their midfield,” Gaynor said.
“They’ve got a really strong midfield so if we can get on top in the middle then it will go a fair way to setting ourselves up for a strong performance.”
Hume League’s Azzi medal winner Luke Schilg, one of the Saints co-coaches, will return for the grand final after missing the controversial four-point win over Henty in the major semi-final.
Schilg, fellow co-coach Luke Brauer and Nick Sedgwick are three of the Saints’ stars in the midfield, and will go up against the likes of Gaynor, Simon Hillier and Heath Ohlin from Henty.
The Swampies are yet to beat the Saints from three meetings this year, but there has been little in it.
BB Saints won by a couple of goals early in the year, before a draw later on, and then it took a goal after the siren to sink Henty in the major semi-final.
Gaynor said Henty has got better as the year progressed.
“It’s been a long year with a few injuries and some interesting results but we’re pretty excited to be into a grand final,” he said.
“We lost some games we should have won, we had games called off two rounds in a row, and it just took a while to gel from the start of the year, to come together with so many new players.”
Despite the challenges, Gaynor has enjoyed his first year in charge.
“It’s been good,” he said.
“It’s good to see improvement in your players. You try to put plans in place and when it comes out and does work, not always, but when it does, it’s pretty satisfying.”
Gaynor, a premiership player at Wagga Tigers in 2007, will be out to win his second senior premiership, after being apart of Albury Tigers’ reserves flag last year.
It shapes as a big day for Henty with both their seniors and reserves through to the grand final for the first time in 29 years.
Their reserves face a big task against Osborne.
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