Cougars searching for a way to break decider hoodoo
3RD DIVISION: For the past three years Yamba Breakers have to proven to have the measure of Coutts Crossing, claiming victory in their last three grand final clashes, but Coutts Crossing senior player Terry Bell is hoping this year will be the year the hoodoo is broken.
Bell has been a part of the Cougars' last three grand final defeats, and said the teams have been evenly matched all year.
"We are confident we can win, there's not much between the two teams," he said.
"The teams are very close on paper so whoever turns up on the day is going to win.
"We've been reasonably consistent all year, we had a couple of lapses but it's been a successful year so far. We had training on Wednesday and the boys were reasonably confident, we've just got to do what we've been doing the last month or so and put our best foot forward."
Overcoming the Yamba Breakers will be a tough assignment for Coutts Crossing. The success of the Breakers campaign has been built on a rock solid defensive structure, having conceded just 22 goals over 20 games in 2017.
Breakers legend Rod Menzies, a veteran of the club's brief foray into the heady heights of Premier League in 2010, has been solid all season between the sticks, and with defensive enforcer Matt Long just in front of him helping to call the shots, it's been a tall order for opposition teams to find the net at any point in 2017.
That factor was on display during both of the prior encounters between the Breakers and Coutts Blue this season, as the men in yellow kept two clean sheets in 1-0 and 3-0 victories. The margins in those two games were hardly blowouts, so it's fair to expect a very tough contest at Wherrett Park on Saturday afternoon.