WIN or lose, Albatross Demons coach Brett Kelly is certain his side will be pulling out all the stops in tomorrow’s grand final.
The Demons play the Port Kembla Blacks in the reserve grade decider at North Dalton Park in Towradgi.
“I don’t think there’s much chance of us leaving anything in the tank, it’s just whether there is enough in it to get us over the line,” Kelly said.
After finishing the regular season in second, it’s been an interesting path to the grand final for the Demons, who were thrashed by the Blacks in their qualifying semi-final and just got over the line in the preliminary final against the Wollongong Bulldogs.
In unusual circumstances, they thought they had been beaten at the end of regular time, only to find that they hadn’t been given one of their goals and eventually went on to win in extra time.
If they are going to win the premiership, they will need to beat the Blacks, which they haven’t been able to do this season.
One thing in their favour this week is having a full-strength side.
“It’s certainly not an excuse for previous losses, but this will be one of the first times this year we’ve had every single player available,” Kelly said.
“We’ve got one bloke flying back from Western Australia, another who’s on course in Brisbane, two in Wangaratta on PDS activities.
“During the home and away season they wouldn’t come back, because it’s just too far, but being a grand final, they’ll all be here.
“Hopefully that all accounts for something and we can get over the line, but certainly Port Kembla have been the form side all year and we’ll have to do something special to beat them.”
Kelly has had the challenge of coaching his 15-year-old son Jonty this season and while he always treats him as a player, he said it would be an amazing thing to win a premiership while he’s in the side.
“He’s been around the club since he was one-year-old so he hasn’t just come to the club, he’s always been here,” Kelly said .
“It’s one of those boxes I’ve always wanted to tick.
“He’s got a lot of aspirations for his football, so whether he stays on playing here next year or goes to Canberra, it’s important that he played a year at least for the Demons Football Club.”
Regardless of the result, Kelly said they are in a position to end their season on a positive note and is hoping they can be back in 2014 with a first grade team.
With their pre-season starting way back in November, another person who is hoping it has a positive end is the Demons captain Matt Cordner.
Cordner said winning a premiership would mean a lot to the whole team.
“There’s a lot of key players who are posting out at the end of the year, so to do it for them would be a good way to end the season and send them out,” he said.
“We don’t mind a party, so if we get that win it’s going to be a hell of a weekend for us.”