Premiership-winning captain nervous ahead of the grand final
HE CAPTAINED Wallaroos to their last Bundaberg Rugby League premiership, so you would expect Todd Campbell could handle the pressure of grand final day.
But just days out from the 2017 decider, the former premiership-winning front-rower is more nervous than ever.
"I'm more nervous because I've got no control," the Wallaroos under-18 coach said.
"You can tell them how it will be out there but it's hard you're not there with them. You can't do anything about it."
Campbell played eight A-grade games for Wallaroos this season, but his primary role was as the club's U18s coach.
The team finished second on the table, but fell 38-24 to grand opponents Past Brothers when they met in the major semi final two weeks ago.
It continued the see-sawing results between the clubs, who met in the 2016 U16 final.
"We've been on and off against Brothers. We've got roughly similar sides to last year so it will be close," he said.
"Theire 18s, like the rest of their teams, are structured, kick long and defend well."
For Campbell, Sunday's Salter Oval clash conjures memories of September 6, 2009, when he and his then-teammates beat Past Brothers 40-38 to win the BRL premiership.
"The atmosphere feels the same leading up to it," Campbell said.
"Everyone's quite relaxed.
"I remember the bus trip and the supporters had streamers all the way up the side of the road. The game itself is a blur.
"It's such a mental and physical event. All I remember is the siren goes and the next thing everyone went ape."