Blues eye a sixth straight flag

KERANG president Rob Fisher has asked his side to do their best to put aside the off-field noise and focus on the job at hand.

Kerang's Bronson Booth will miss today's CMFNL grand final due to a broken jaw suffered in the second semi-final. Picture: PAMELA BLACKMAN

Kerang's Bronson Booth will miss today's CMFNL grand final due to a broken jaw suffered in the second semi-final. Picture: PAMELA BLACKMAN

The Blues have voiced their frustration at the handling of a situation from which Bronson Booth was left with a season-ending broken jaw, and subsequently did not send any representatives to Sunday's presentation night.

The club had been hoping to have the matter sorted with before today's grand final.

"That's the reality of it [that the matter won't be dealt with before the grand final] and we have to deal with that," Fisher said.

"There is definitely some emotion in him [Booth] not playing but the best thing we can do for him is to focus on the job at hand and that is to win the game.

"That would be more of a relief to Bronson.

"More importantly, there are 22 blokes who are doing it for themselves, and their club, and if they do their job, which we believe they will, we should be fine."

The Blues were also hit hard by the news of the passing of former senior coach Brent Forsyth earlier this week.

'Bluey', 38, was a beloved member of the Kerang FNC during the mid-2000s and the news was a bitter blow to the club at the start of grand final week. The side will be wearing black armbands in his honour today.

Former Kerang footballer and councillor Lance Picioane, who also played in the AFL for Adelaide, Hawthorn and North Melbourne, addressed the Blues following their final training run on Thursday night.

"He talking to the club as a whole," Fisher said.

"It's something we'll try and deal with and honour his memory at the same time

"It [having Picioane speak) was to try sharpen and focus the boys."

At the end of the day however, Fisher said it's all about what the boys do out on the field.

"I don't control the on-field stuff. The president's job is to put systems in place to make sure everything runs as normally as possible, and if we focus on that, history suggests we do alright," Fisher said.

"We will do our best to let the boys concentrate on football, it's been a very noisy week."

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