Jamberoo or Kiama | The coaches have their say

Kiama's Cam Cornell and Jamberoo's Jake Clarke. Photo: DAVID HALL

Kiama's Cam Cornell and Jamberoo's Jake Clarke. Photo: DAVID HALL

BOTH Jamberoo and Kiama will be looking to end more than 30 years of first grade premiership misery when they clash in Sunday's Group 7 decider.

With that being the case, sports editor Courtney Ward asked the other nine first grade coaches to make their predictions ahead of the decider.

Adam Bezzina (Albion Park-Oak Flats)

Hard call – I thought Kiama were the best side we have played this year.

In saying that, I’m going to pick Jamberoo, given they have had the easier run in and have won both encounters this year.

Jamberoo by one point in golden point.

James Storer (Port Kembla)

Both Kiama and Jamberoo are very comparable teams, with similar styles, so the decision is a hard one.

I’m leaning towards Kiama by eight points.

Adam Vanzanten (Berry-Shoalhaven Heads)

I think Kiama will win in a very tight one.

Having only played once in the final series will test Jamberoo's fluency.

That's the only thing that I can pick that might be the difference.

I wouldn't mind seeing either team win though - to reward their respective coaches effort and dedication to their clubs.

Dean Gray (Stingrays of Shellharbour)

This is one grand final that I don't mind who wins and wish both teams the best of luck.

But if I have to pick, I'll say Jamberoo by 10.

I think the Superoos have the best defence in the competition and the best kick chase game.

I predict Josh Kent to be the difference between the two sides.

Dwyane Connors (Nowra-Bomaderry)

I'm going with Jamberoo.

The reason is they’ve been a really strong side all year and play for the full 80 minutes each week and never stop trying.

Once Jamberoo gets Kiama on the back foot, most likely in the second half, the victory is as good at theirs.

Superoos by 10.

Abed Atallah (Shellharbour City)

I think it’s nearly too hard to split Jamberoo and Kiama – I think whoever wins it will only do so by two points.

Nathaniel Morrison (Milton-Ulladulla)

Jamberoo have successfully built on their great season in 2016, looking to go one step further in 2017 and are in the box seat to take it out.

Kiama are the surprise packet – they have flown under the radar a bit with other teams like Shellharbour City, Gerringong and Warilla-Lake South taking the focus off them.

Jamberoo and Kiama play a similar brand of footy - they both have good shape and move the ball around well – when they get a quick play the ball, they play flat and fast which is hard to stop.

Defensively, they are both well structured and it's going to take a mistake by the defensive line or something very special to score points.

Matt O’Brien is a very good coach and will no let this opportunity slip by without throwing everything he possibly can at Jamberoo.

I have no doubt that Matt O’Brien will be dissecting every inch of the Jamberoo videos from this year and last to find their weaknesses and will come up with something crafty to throw at Jono Dallas’ boys.

I just don't think it will be enough though.

I think that Jamberoo have the wood on Kiama – they have beaten them twice already this year.

Jamberoo have had a chance to see them play Shellharbour on the weekend and Jono Dallas would of picked up a few things from that.

Jamberoo have freshened up and Jono Dallas will have them primed for a strong finish.

It will be close for the most part but I think Jamberoo will run away with it in the end.

Jamberoo by 16.

Aaron Henry (Warilla-Lake South)

I predict Jamberoo to win by eight points.

The Superoos can play tough if they have to and probably have a touch more class in their line-up.

Michael Cronin (Gerringong)

Realistically, of the games that I’ve watched these two play over the past couple of years, they are always very close and I expect it to be the same on Sunday.

As such, I wouldn’t be betting on the game and won’t be making a prediction.

I wish them both luck on the day and hope the better team wins.


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