Tigers prepare to pounce in NDRL final
AT THE start of this season, the Avondale Tigers just aimed to be competitive.
With a new coach and new players, the team focused on being a threat to its rivals.
Now, as they stand one game away from the Northern Districts Rugby League premiership, those thoughts have changed.
Coach Luke Owen said team, chasing its first premiership since 2013, had trained well in preparation for the decider.
"All the boys are excited,” he said.
"The week off has been a great chance to rest the niggling injuries and everyone can not wait.”
The final will be a battle between the two teams that fought hard for the minor premiership.
Despite the Tigers winning their last two matches, against Agnes Water and South Kolan, Owen said Gin Gin would be tough to beat.
"They have a strong nucleus with some great players including Aaron Cuskey, Shaun Blair, and Klint Beer,” he said.
"We've been really good so far so we need to make sure we don't let the opportunity slip.”
From a personal point of view, Owen is looking to add an NDRL premiership to his Bundaberg Rugby League A-Grade and reserves title.
Owen said it would be a great achievement if it happened but that he hadn't thought about it until the suggestion was put to him.
"All of these achievements are great and will certainly be great to look at when my career is done,” he said.
"At the moment I'm just enjoying playing with my mates and playing with some good company.”
Owen said it would be good to win for the Tigers faithful, who have provided plenty of support.
"We have three buses of support coming to support us on the day,” he said.
"I've been telling everyone to enjoy the week, embrace it, and do their best.”
Gin Gin has been dealt a blow with Beer unlikely to play.
Cuskey, aiming to win a BRL and NDRL title in the space of two years, will likely be the key if Gin Gin is to win.
The Hawks and Tigers face off at Agnes Water at 3pm tomorrow.