Avondale's Luke Owen lifts last year's trophy. The Hawks want to win it this year.
Avondale's Luke Owen lifts last year's trophy. The Hawks want to win it this year. Robert Redfern

Tigers prepare to make history over Hawks

LEAGUE: Just like a Tiger attacking its prey in the African Savannah, Avondale has its own business to finish on Sunday afternoon.

The side wants to end the season on the perfect note - back-to-back titles in the Northern District Rugby League and an unbeaten season.

The Tigers have won all of their 17 matches this season, including four against Gin Gin, and remain unbeaten since early 2015.

But the side knows it still has one important game to go the end the season on the right note.

"We're pleased to get there and now we need to finish the job,” Avondale coach Luke Owen said.

"Gin Gin can play well on its day and we will need to play well.”

The reality of playing well happened for Avondale in week one of the finals.

The side survived a brave Northern Force side to win in extra time 24-20 and book its spot in the grand final.

"It was nice to have the week off but it was close,” Owen said.

"We've now focused on getting our style of football right.

"We didn't play our best football that day.”

Owen said the side has also pin-pointed where Gin Gin's strengths are ahead of the contest.

"They have a quality spine with two good halves and Ben Kuskey at hooker,” he said.

"We'll be trying to have no complacency in the team and give them full respect.”

The side comes into the game off the back of playing three games in the space of six weeks.

Owen said the advantage of being fresher than Gin Gin could be a negative as well.

"They'll have the match fitness so there is that aspect,” he said.

"The focus for us will be to use our fitness towards the end to come out on top.”

Owen concedes the side hasn't played its best football yet either, in a scary sign to the Hawks.

"We haven't played a full 80 minutes yet,” he said.

"We'd get the job done if we did.

"That will be the aim for the team.”

Avondale head into the clash with a full strength squad and will face Gin Gin at 2.45pm in South Kolan.



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