Veteran playmaker Phil Hirst, right, demonstrates his skills under pressure during last weekend?s preliminary final against Cor
Veteran playmaker Phil Hirst, right, demonstrates his skills under pressure during last weekend?s preliminary final against Cor

Shooting for a grand final



South Services Gunners and Orara meet in a showdown for the major premiership in the Coffs Clarence Premier League AA competition at Rushforth Park South Grafton this afternoon.

The finale for these two arch rivals kicks off at 2.30pm.

Orara finished the minor premiership only a point ahead of the Gunners, making this grand final a fitting end to hard season of competitive football.

Orara inflicted the second defeat of the year on the Gunners when they beat them 3-1 in the major semi-final.

The Gunners hit back with a 4nil demolition of Corindi last week to make their way to today's grand final.

Gunners have learnt from their defeat that they have to mark Orara's front men more tightly and control the ball when in possession.

Last time the the Gunners turned over too much easy possession, which cost them dearly.

Brad Grieves, Steve Challinor and Brodyn Hirst must dominate the midfield and distribute the ball to strikers Phil Hirst and Andrew Laverty as quickly as possible so they can put attack an Orara defence which can be shaky under pressure.

The Gunners back four have been very safe all year with sweeper Mick Duroux covering anything that gets through the first line of defence.

Gunners strength is to play mistake-free soccer and for players to find space when not in possession of the ball to give the player with the ball more than one option.

Coach, Ken McKenzie said the game will be played at a fast pace with Orara using their fast front men and hopefully the Gunners' back four will hold them out.

He said the Gunners need to score first to break a pattern of conceding an early goal and playing catch-up.

The starting line up will stay the same as last week's game with Nathan Adamson goalkeeper, Mick Duroux sweeper, Mick Skinner stopper, Chris Powell right fullback, Darren McMahon left fullback, Steve Challinor and Brad Grieves centre midfielders, Brodyn Hirst right half, Matt Cameron left half, Phil Hirst and Andrew Laverty strikers.

Off the bench will be Tony Blanch, Nathan Blanch, Alex Jefferies, Danny Zietsch.

The team will have a get together before the game to talk tactics and team bonding period at 10.30am at Steve Challinor's place, all players to be there.

The Gunners would like to see all families and supporters at Rushforth Park to cheer the home side on and also the Gunners would like to wish the Redmen all the best for their quest in their upcoming games.



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