Miriam Vale enforcer Aaron Causton will hope his team can cap a year off in dominance with a premiership.
Miriam Vale enforcer Aaron Causton will hope his team can cap a year off in dominance with a premiership. File

Feathers will fly, rivals face off

THERE will be no need to look up to the skies for a bird fight tomorrow evening because feathers will be flying in the Hawks vs Magpies battle in Miriam Vale for the 2010 Northern Districts Rugby League (NDRL) grand final.

The Magpies coach and captain Ryan Walker said there will be no real game plan for when the Hawks fly into town.

“Anything can happen in a grand final,” Walker said.

“But it will be business as usual for us.”

As minor premiers the Maggies will be going all out on a home ground to top the season off with a bang.

“It’s been a great season for us,” Walker said.

“Hopefully we’ll get up and get the big one.

“The home ground advantage will be a bonus, we can’t wait.”

The Magpies have a few stalwarts playing, but there are alot of young fellas who have come back to take on the NDRL challenge.

For Gin Gin Hawks it has been a hard-fought battle to reach the grand final after a devastating start to the season, which saw them on the bottom of the ladder.

But new coach Lennox Cassady is very proud of the team.

“Winning the grand final this year would mean a lot to these guys,” Cassady said.

“A few of them played last year, and for the new guys it would be great.

“It will help build on a new team for next year.”

Going into today’s big game Cassady believed Miriam Vale’s game plan would include using the big guys up front, but he wasn’t going to spill on his team’s tactics.

“Miriam vale will bash up front with the forwards, and then they’ll get the ball out to their quick blokes,” he said.

“And we have no tactics — none that I’ll reveal anyway.”

Captain and hooker of the Hawks Dan Taylor said the team is amped for tonight’s game.

“The team played a level above themselves in the semi-finals to get here, so they deserve it,” Taylor said.

“They’re pumped for the grand final, and a little nervous.

“It will be a hard, clean game.

Reminiscent of the 2008 premiership when the Hawks and Magpies met, tonight’s game will see all claws out for the big fight.

The first game starts at 4.30pm and the main game starts at 6.45pm at the Gary Larson Oval in Miriam Vale.

There will be bands until late, three amusement rides, a licensed bar, bon fires and plenty of fun.



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