Navarre take finals break

Navarre has earned a week off after its win in last Saturday's qualifying final.

Navarre has earned a week off after its win in last Saturday's qualifying final.

NAVARRE take a break this weekend as the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League hits the semi final stage of the 2014 finals series.

The Grasshoppers earned the break with a win in last Saturday's qualifying final.

With the break Navarre expect they will go into their preliminary final clash with a full list.

Both assistant coach Brent Flood and Sam Robertson, who had missed matches through injury, managed to get through the qualifying final clash okay.

Bryce Tickner, who missed the qualifying final with a hamstring injury is expected to be fit for the preliminary final.

Despite having the break it was business as usual for the players this week.

On Tuesday night they had a light run and last night a harder run as they prepare for their next clash.

It has been a big season for the Grasshoppers as they go into the preliminary final clash undefeated in season 2014.

Navarre's preliminary final opposition will be decided in this weekend's semi final matches.

Lexton and Natte Bealiba, the teams who lost out in the qualifying finals, will be looking to make amends in the semi final matches.

Although beaten, Natte Bealiba would have gained positives out of their clash with Navarre, getting to within 18 points on the scoreboard.

Natte will clash with Newstead, a team that at full strength is capable of advancing in the finals series.

Onballers Steve Ross, Zac Perez and Bruno Mortlock will be the key for Natte in this clash, and will need Robbie Weir to finish the work off up forward.

Hit by injuries this season, Newstead will look to the likes of onballer Nick Webster, Mark Ramsay and Tom Ruggles to combat the Natte prime movers.

Lexton will clash with Royal Park in their semi final and form suggests they should advance.

Matt Brown will be important for Lexton up forward, while the run of Jimmy Templeton and Damon Aspland will also have a bearing on the final result.

Lexton will also be hopeful former AFL ruckman Darren Jolly will be available for tomorrow’s clash.

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