Football players prepare for the Grand final
ALL the talk at Salter Oval – and on social media – is about how Hervey Bay and Brothers will play off in the 2015 Bundaberg Rugby League A-grade final.
The thing is, many of the experts seem to have forgotten about Wests Panthers.
They might not be flashy or have some of the league’s top scorers, but the Panthers have a desire to play hard, a thing every team needs.
In the weekend’s game, the last of the regular season, Wests showed how much they were prepared to do the tough things in their 28-24 win over Isis.
And what reward does Wests get for the gritty win?
A semi-final against Brothers on Saturday night.
Coach Nathan Tanner was impressed with the way his players made gains from their efforts in the past two games.
“We got the two points and improved in areas we had to – especially defence,” Tanner said.
“I liked the way we came from behind; the game was a real grind.”
Tanner enjoyed watching Hayden Priestley and Willie Nagas do their work and said he hoped they continued their good form over the next few weeks.
Preparations for their title defence started after the game when the players sat down together and talked about what they needed to do in the finals.
Tanner expressed his desire for the players to minimise mistakes, not panic and build pressure on their opposition.
Exactly what they did in 2013, and 2014 when they won the A-grade premiership.
In the elimination final this week at Salter Oval, Isis takes on Wallaroos.