FOR so long Coffs United has been the hunted come grand final time but on Saturday night they will be the hungry Lions on the hunt for prey when they face Boambee.
The undefeated season produced by the Bombers means they will be favourites to win the C.ex Group Men’s Premier League decider and the role reversal is an irony that’s not lost on Coffs United coach Glen Williams.
“We’re enjoying the position that we’re in this year because we’ve been in that position before and you seem to probably put a bit more pressure on yourself being undefeated and you want to go through the season undefeated,” Williams said.
“We’re relishing the position of losing a couple of games this year.”
Being undefeated doesn’t necessarily mean Boambee believe they have a mortgage on reversing the result of last year’s grand final loss to the Lions.
“I wouldn’t say they’re over confident,” Bombers coach Shane Duncan said.
“In fact I don’t think they’ve been over confident at any stage during the year.”
Coffs United is chasing its fourth straight title on Saturday night and although Williams admits there’s some big game experience among the opposition, he feels there might not be enough at Ayrshire Park and that could be an advantage for his team.
“Boambee’s got a few young guys that might feel a bit nervous but I think at the end of the day it really comes down to how the head is,” he said.
“I can’t coach them that much more skill wise, it’s now all about preparation.”
Duncan said there’s no shortage of grand finals past in his squad.
“I asked them about that earlier this week and I think most of them have grand final experience playing on the Stadium,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter what age group that grand final is, I think being there before certainly helps with any anxiety they might be feeling.
“I think the group is more excited about it than nervous.”
One thing the coaches do agree on is that they both want is for the grand final to be a great advertisement for football in the region.
“I just hope it’s a good game. That’s all I ever really want, it’s got to be entertaining,” Duncan said.
“I want to be entertained and I’m sure everyone in the crowd on Saturday night wants to be entertained as well.”