INGLEWOOD coach Isaac Douthie says a massive weight has been lifted off the shoulders of his players after last week’s long-awaited win over Mitiamo.
The Blues upset Mitiamo by 10 points last Saturday to end a 27-game losing streak in the Loddon Valley Football League, with it their first win since round four last season when they also defeated the Superoos.
“To get that first win last week gave the boys a lot of confidence, and with this Saturday being our last game of the season, the boys really want to finish with a big one again,” Douthie said on Friday.
“You could see the feeling of relief on the boys’ faces at training during the week and it was a positive vibe.”
The Blues end their 2014 season on Saturday at home against third-placed Pyramid Hill.
“We’ll enjoy the last game, but we’ll still have that focus of going in hard to try to cause a big upset,” Douthie said.
“We’re confident we can give it a shake on Saturday.”
Such have been the sustained struggles of Inglewood over the past decade - the Blues have won just 20 of 175 games since last playing finals in 2003 - they last won two games in a row in rounds 17-18 of the 2008 season when they beat YCW (90 points) and Newbridge (2) consecutively.
“The club has obviously been down for a long time, but we’ll be doing all we can on Saturday to try to finish the season on a positive... who says we can’t upset Pyramid Hill,” Douthie said.
The Blues last beat Pyramid Hill in round five, 2007, which came a week after they had ended a 51-game losing streak against Marong.