SWANSONG: South Grafton Rebels second rower Dwayne Duke. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
SWANSONG: South Grafton Rebels second rower Dwayne Duke. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

Duke wants to be crowned King in first and last final

THE 2015 Group 2 Rugby League first grade grand final between South Grafton Rebels and Coffs Harbour Comets will be the first and last for Dwayne Duke.

The majority of the 30-year-old's rugby league career has consisted of lean winters at South Grafton and this Sunday will mark the second rower's first grand final appearance.

"When it comes to rugby league this is my first ever A-grade grand final," Duke said. "And will be my last."

Duke is adamant he will hang up the rugby league boots after this season.

"This is the end," he said. "My first and last grand final."

While he has much younger teammates who know what it feels like to raise a major premiership shield, Duke admits he is stepping into unknown territory.

"It'd be great to win it," he said.

"I only hear stories about winning grand finals from guys like Rhys (Walters), Stump (Grant Stevens), Hughie (Stanley) and the Kempsey boys (Mal Webster, Ant Cowan, Steven Walker).

"It's probably the best feeling. It'll be massive on game day. We're all expecting Coffs to come out way better than last game. But if we stick to our game plan and structure I don't see why we can't win."

Grand Final Day at McKittrick Park kicks off with Coffs Harbour and Sawtell in Under-18s at 11.30am followed by Grafton and Sawtell in Reserve Grade.

The Daily Examiner will be live tweeting the First Grade Grand Final from 2:30pm on Twitter. Follow @daily_examiner for all of the live action or watch the website for the live coverage story. 

 



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