Lions stand in way of Knights' premiership crusade

Kiama's Tyson Cloos. Photo: COURTNEY WARD

Kiama's Tyson Cloos. Photo: COURTNEY WARD

THE Kiama Knights have been the benchmark side in the 2017 Group 7 reserve grade competition but that will mean very little come Sunday afternoon.

The Knights, co-coached by Marc Laird (playing coach) and Scott Morris, dropped only one game all season and that was to Sunday’s grand final opponent Gerringong.

But the Lions proved that match wasn’t just a one off, forcing the minor premiers into extra-time in their qualifying final at Kevin Walsh Oval two weeks ago.

“We obviously rate the year to date pretty highly and are all very excited to make it in to the grand final but the job isn’t done yet,” Laird said.

“The keys to winning is staying focussed, sticking to our structures and playing to our game plan, which has worked all year.”

“We’ve got a really good group together and I’m confident that they can do the job on Sunday.”

Players to keep an eye on for the Knights are Callan Thistlethwaite (15 tries), Matthew Emerson (13 tries), Lachlan Farrell and Matt Morris (10 tries), while the Lions will most likely rely on Alec Brookes (16 tries), Jacob Rein (12 tries), Callum Wishart (11 tries) and Manning Berry (102 points),

The match between the Knights and Matt Quinn’s Lions kicks-off at 1.10pm Sunday at Collegians Sporting Complex.

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