‘They’ll be coming right at me’: Mumford

237153-689046d0-48fd-11e4-93fc-034ed4e7c660SHANE Mumford is preparing himself for a huge physical test against the Western Bulldogs on Friday night, and it’s hardly surprising that the Greater Western Sydney star can’t wait.

Mumford, who is coming off a best on ground performance in last week’s Sydney derby against the Swans in which he amassed 62 hit-outs and won the Brett Kirk Medal, will have mobile big men Tom Campbell and Tom Boyd to contend with in Canberra, with help from Rory Lobb.

The Giant should have far more physical presence than the pair of Bulldogs, with his contested work around stoppages one of his great strengths, and it’s an area in which the 2014 club champion is always aiming to dominate.

“You always hope to be able to find an advantage somehow and that’s (my physicality) what I’ve got, so we’ll see how we go, you can let me know at the end of the game,” he said.

“They’ll be coming right at me and I’ll be going right back at them.

“No doubt there’ll be two big blokes going after that footy at any one time, and hopefully I can get my hands on it more than they do.

“It’s going to be another tough one for me as I say every week, it’s another challenge and one I look forward too.”

The rematch of last year’s thrilling preliminary final at Spotless Stadium, which the Dogs won by just six points on their way to a famous premiership, will be the Giants’ first taste of Friday night footy, with UNSW Canberra Oval expected to be a sell out.

Mumford said that while GWS had moved on quickly from their 42-point win over Sydney and have had their eyes firmly on the Bulldogs all week, they won’t get too caught up worrying about the opposition on game day.

“I think we’ve just got to continue to look after our processes and play the way we want to play,” he said.

“If that gets us in front then we just have to continue to do what we do best, and continue on that way.

“The first Friday night (game) for the football club is going to be a massive one – most of our guys wouldn’t have played in one before, so it’s something different and hopefully the stands are full of orange.”