Roos Hope to Tame Tigers in Grand Final

Updated: September 13, 2018
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The two front-runners of the 2018 Central Coast Rugby League competition will face-off in Sunday’s Grand Final when the Wyong Roos play the Entrance Tigers at Woy Woy Oval.

Wyong Roos Coach Tony Clarke believes this season has been one of the most competitive and believes the competition and skill level will only continue to grow stronger.

“I believe that it’s probably been one of the better Central Coast competitions for many years,” Clarke said.

“With the strength of what Chris Adams did at Toukley, Mark Matthews did at Ourimbah, Craig Wheatley at Kincumber, there’s not much between all the teams and it argues well for the future.”

Clarke is wary of the Tigers after they finished the season as minor premiers, and is hoping his side will be ready for the challenge as they welcome back Jake Lewis, Jake Barbell and Jarrod Purcell, who didn’t play in the major Semi-Final.

“It was interesting watching them in the final on Sunday against Terrigal,” Clarke said.

“We’re certainly going to have to be at our best to go with them because they’re a very well coached footy team and they’re strong right across the park.”

Clarke is proud of his team for making their third straight Grand Final appearance and says a win would be the icing on the cake, although the club is proud of its achievements, no matter what happens on the weekend.

“This is three in a row for us, which is an achievement in itself; we’ve taken a quiet moment to reflect on that, but hopefully we can come away with the spoils on Sunday.

“If not, the consistency we’ve shown over that three-year period, we’re basically the same team, is something that the club as a whole is very proud of.”

The Entrance Coach Shane Wooden was pleased with his side’s 48-20 win over Terrigal to earn a Grand Final berth but says completion and drive are must improves for this week.

“We need to make sure that were hungry and we really want the title; it’s more about executing our game plan,” Wooden said.

“If we can execute our game plan and we don’t come up with those repeat errors, which is what happened on the weekend, then we should be a good chance of giving it a crack.”

The Roos won 24-10 in their Semi-Final against the Tigers and Wooden praised his opponents, but is hoping his team can showcase more of their own game plan on Sunday.

“Wyong have been really good all year and that comes with their New South Wales Cup approach,” Wooden said.

“We didn’t actually execute our game plan, we played their style of footy, not ours, so well be looking to play a bit more of our style of footy.”

Wooden admitted adding another premiership to their 2015 success would be a testament to all the hard work the community has put into the club this year.

“The club is very proud of what they’ve achieved and what they continue to achieve and we’re always striving to be that number one side and club,” Wooden said.

“A lot of people work really hard around the club to put us in these positions so it would be really big reward for those people and our community.”

The Wyong Roos v the Entrance Tigers Grand Final match will take place at Woy Woy Oval, Woy Woy on Sunday, 16th September and will kick-off at 3:30pm.


Sunday, 16th September, Woy Woy Oval 

9:00am: Ladies League Tag – Terrigal v  The Entrance
10:15am: Under-19’s – Wyong v Erina 

12:00pm: Open Age – Woy Woy v Erina 

1:45pm: Reserve Grade –  The Entrance v Wyong

3:30pm: First Grade – Wyong v The Entrance