Redmen keen to reel in arch-rivals Coffs Snappers
HENWOODS Grafton Redmen second-grade side is within touching distance of a grand final berth.
Standing in their way are arch-rivals Coffs Snappers who sent the Redmen packing this time last season to deny them any chance of a premiership title.
The 11-8 loss last year still haunts Redmen enforcer Robbie Campbell, who along with his teammates, is hell-bent on preventing the same result this Saturday at Jung Quarries Rugby Park Coffs Harbour.
"Things didn't go our way last time we played Snappers in the finals,” Campbell said at training during the week. "The loss is still fresh in our minds. I believe we've got a lot more firepower in the backs this year and a strong pack of forwards. We also get Jake (Harris) back this week.
"He's that good a player that I can see myself sitting down in the lounge room one day watching him on TV and saying, 'I played alongside that guy.'”
At 34, Campbell's awkward and aggressive running style has caused plenty of havoc for opposition players. With arms and legs going in all directions his ability to bust through tackles looms as a crucial weapon for Grafton against Snappers.
"Everyone has a go at my running style. All I can say is, it's unique,” Campbell said.
Redmen second-grade captain and co-coach Paul Cameron has been around long enough to know what's required to win finals footy.
Cameron will line-up in the all-important five-eighth role against Coffs and will be hoping his young charges can rise to the occasion.
"There is a different dynamic in the side this season. We've got a few young guys who have come through whom I expect to slot straight into first grade next year,” he said.