Redmen keen to secure premiership
THE Grafton Redmen will feature in two preliminary finals today, with the Reserve grade and President's Cup teams vying for their places in the grand final.
Reserve grade will take on Wollongbar Alstonville at 2.45pm, in a game coach Craig Howe expects to be a closely fought contest.
"We've met them three times this year for two close losses and a close win," Howe said.
"They've had home ground advantage for two of those games but we're on neutral ground this time."
The last meeting between the two teams ended in a 12-5 victory to Wollongbar, but Howe said he was confident they could turn it around.
"I'm definitely confident they can win," Howe said.
"We had our strongest line-up last week and they all came through unscathed.
"On top of that, everyone that had niggly injuries before the game have come through fine."
The Redmen are coming off a 31-20 win over Lennox Head, with the second row of Justin 'JT' Travers, Connor Vest and Beau Deleiuen leading the way.
"JT had a really good game last week and was our player of the match," Howe said.
"Connor and Beau put in huge games as well and never stopped.
"They're the best loose forward pack we've had all year."
When it comes to preparing for the big game, the Redmen have focussed only on themselves.
"They have a pretty well-experienced forward pack but I'm sure we'll be able to contain them," Howe said.
"We don't put any focus on the opposition whatsoever.
"At the end of the day we have a job to do and we'll remain focussed on that." Redmen president and Reserve grade winger Adam Crawley said he was looking forward to the game.