Lovett feels no pressure as leader
AUSSIE RULES: Brothers Bulldogs player Michael Lovett will lead the side in more ways than one when they play Maroochydore today in Gympie.
Not only will he captain the Bulldogs in the QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast league grand final but he is also the only member of the team to have tasted success at the top level of the competition.
Lovett was part of the last Bulldogs premiership-winning team, in the old AFL Wide Bay in 2010.
He would have been joined by fellow Bulldogs player Braden Krebs tomorrow but the tall forward was a late withdrawal after failing a fitness test.
"I've definitely got experience of what to expect but every grand final is different,” Lovett said.
"How they control their nerves is how the outcome comes about.”
Lovett has played more than 100 games for the club and been there through the highs and lows of recent times.
He knew the experience of grand final week would come again despite the lows of last season when they finished last.
"I was confident after the build up in the last couple of years. We had a few low years, when the bunch stayed together,” he said.
"We had the bunch there (to win), we just had to bind together which we've done really well this year.”
He said his role as captain will be to support his teammates.
"Everyone prepares differently so I'll let everyone prepare and talk to them if I need to,” he said.
"In the end it is up to them.
"They should be thinking about the match now until the game starts.”
Lovett said the side needed to focus on getting on top.
"If we use the ball and get the ball out of their zone, we'll be fine,” he said.
"We definitely need to work on playing for four quarter because they are a fit side.”
Lovett confirmed that regardless of the result he will be back next year.