Magpies look to Swoop Tigers Premiership Hopes

Updated: September 13, 2018
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The Oaks Tigers will be searching for their first premiership since 1992 when they battle it out in the Group 6 Grand Final against the Picton Magpies at Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday.

The Oaks Tigers Coach Mitchell Brasington hopes his side can put their 32-24 loss to Picton in the Semi-Final behind them and says higher completions will be the key to winning.

“I’d be looking for our forwards to have a big game this week, we know it’s going to be a tough battle with Picton up the middle,” Brasington said.

“We turned the ball over too much last time we played them when we were coming out of trouble and we gave them a few too many opportunities in a couple of ten minute blocks, so if we hold onto the footy and complete higher this week then it’s going to go a long way to winning it.”

In 2002, the Tigers lost the Grand Final to Camden and their last premiership win was ten years earlier in 1992; Brasington admitted a win on the weekend would be a huge achievement for the club.

“Five or six years ago, we were struggling at the bottom and weren’t winning many games; we’ve worked pretty hard over the last few years to assemble a good squad of boys together that have been there for a few years and stuck by the club,” Brasington said.

“It would be a big day, not just for the team but for the whole club to get the win.”

Picton Coach Michael Lett says his team is excited to appear in their fifth Grand Final since 2015  – something the team has strived for and is hoping for a well-rounded game from them on Sunday.

“Always happy when we get the win, couldn’t be too disappointed, we won to get through to the grand final, which is where we wanted to be and what we’ve trained for all year,” Lett said.

“A whole, all-round performance from the boys, we sort of clocked for ten or 15 minutes which wasn’t ideal, but if we don’t do that hopefully we’ll come away with the win.”

Lett believes the Oaks have been their toughest opponents this season and admitted winning a premiership would mean a lot personally, but would also be a just reward for the players who suffered a loss in the 2015 Grand Final.

“It would mean a lot for me, we lost the last one that were we’re in, that was a couple of years ago, but also it’s the first one that I’ve actually coached in this year as well, so it’s a big one for myself,” Lett said.

“But also for the guys that were there a couple of years ago when we got our hearts broken, so hopefully that’s driving a few of us.”

The Picton Magpies v the Oaks Tigers Grand Final match will be played at Campbelltown Stadium, Campbelltown on Sunday, 16th September and will kick-off at 3:15pm.

 

Sunday, 16th September, Campbelltown Stadium, Campbelltown 

11:30am: Under-18’s – Narellan Jets v Picton Magpies

1:10pm: Reserve Grade – Oran Park Gregory Hills v Mittagong Lions 

3:15pm: First Grade – Picton Magpies v The Oaks Tigers 

 

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