THE two most consistent sides throughout the regular season will meet in this Sunday’s Group 7 Rugby League first grade grand final.
Warilla-Lake South Gorillas and Gerringong Lions will clash in their third season decider within the space of four seasons – this time during the competition’s centenary year.
The match will kick-off at Nowra Showground from 2.45pm.
Warilla coach Peter Hooper described Gerringong’s performance against the Superoos as “pretty slick”.
“They’re used to the big games now, and have quality right across the park,” he said.
“We’ll just concentrate on what we did last week, and look at our discipline.”
The Gorillas’ only injury concern will be the absence of prop and captain Andrew Diomei.
Hooper expected a large crowd would turn out for the match.
“Most of the players from both clubs are home-grown,” he said.
“They’ll be two proud clubs going at one another; that’s for sure.”
Lions coach Mick Cronin said he would be pleased if his troops could improve their defence.
Cronin praised the efforts of Brad Davidson and Rixon Russell during Sunday’s 42-22 thrashing of Jamberoo.
“We could have some players in different positions, so we’ll need to work on our attack too,” he said.
“Brad’s always been a half really; it’s the position he really likes.
“Rixon also played a bit of fullback with the under-20s at St George.
“They’ve (Warilla) been the best defensive side all year, so there are some things we have to improve on.”
He said the Lions’ success was a credit to the players.
“They’ve been beaten in a couple (of grand finals), but they’re always keen to come back, full of enthusiasm.”
In reserve grade the Lions will be hoping to wipe away the disappointment of last year’s one point loss to Kiama, while the Gorillas will still have the memory of letting the Lions come back from 10 points down in the major semi to win in the final seconds.
Berry Magpies will start as red-hot favourites to take the Under-18s against a Kiama side capable of causing a boilover if their forwards can hold the rampaging Berry forwards, led by big Blaine Rosz.
Kiama has the class in the backs with players like Blake Rickard, Matt Morris, Cameron Cornell and Cody Wheatley to score enough points if the forwards can hold the Magpies up front.
The women’s league tag match between the Jets and Knights will be a classic.
The Knights still feel they owe the Jets one after last year and both sides will be primed for a huge effort.