Coach shows faith in Tigers

THE Grafton Tigers are favourites to win their first grand final against the Port Macquarie Magpies tomorrow, as long as they stick to their proven game plan of playing running football, according to coach Adi Campbell.

The Tigers have comfortably beaten the Magpies three times this season, including in the semi-final just two weeks ago.

One of the biggest challenges the coach has had is “drumming it into the team” not to get too cocky.

“Confidence is fine, but we can’t go in over-confident,” Campbell said. “We just have to stick to the way we have played all season and we’ll go all right.”

“We want to put pressure on the opposition and get the man to the football,” he said.

The game starts tomorrow afternoon at 2.30pm at Coffs Harbour’s BCU International stadium.

“The big oval at Coffs will be an advantage to us if we can move the ball around quickly, and use the ground available to us,” he said.

It is also a big day for the Magpies who have all three of their senior teams in a grand final, as well as all their junior teams, according to club general manager Craig Carroll.

The club last won a senior trophy in 2007 and was defeated in last year’s grand final.

Carroll concedes the Tigers have been the stronger club during the season.

“The Tigers move the ball very quickly. We won’t be trying anything new strategically, but it is crucial that we slow down their players.

“We are happy to go in as the underdogs,” he said.

The forecast for a deluge of rain would be welcomed by the Magpies he said.

Tigers’ fans are encouraged to join the supporters’ bus leaving the Jacaranda Hotel in Grafton at 10.30am tomorrow morning.

It should be a good day for the players and the fans, says the coach. “Man on man the Tigers are a better side across the park,” he said.

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