Meninga to sound the horn

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - MICHAEL CARAYANNIS

CAN­BERRA leg­end Mal Meninga will blow the horn be­fore the Vik­ing clap at next Sun­day’s grand fi­nal.

The Raiders have en­listed the help of their great­est test play player to help in­spire Can­berra to premier­ship ip glory.

Meninga cap­tained the Raiders to o their first grand fi­nal al win in 1989. That hat premier­ship de­cider has been an in­spi­ra­tion for the Raiders 30 years on.

Team­mate Dean Lance blew the horn — one of the most spine-tin­gling ex­pe­ri­ences in the NRL — be­fore Fri­day night’s game. Raiders boss Dave Furner said Meninga (be­low) was the log­i­cal choice for the club’s big­gest day in 25 years.

“Mal is a per­fect pick,” Furner said. “We’ve made plenty of syn­erg syn­er­gies with the 1989 side alre al­ready.

“We in­ducted Mal i into our hall of fame this year.”

Plans were be­ing m made yes­ter­day to ha have the horn trans­porte ported to ANZ Sta­dium in time for kick-off.

Furner has worked with the NRL to en­sure the Vik­ing clap is part of the build-up to the grand fi­nal, even though it is not a Raiders home game. The Raiders chief ex­ec­u­tive is con­fi­dent any neu­tral fans will get be­hind the Green Ma­chine.

“Hope­fully we will get the fence-sit­ters and be­come ev­ery­one’s’ sec­ond favourite team,” Furner said.

“We want ev­ery­one to en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence and soak it up. It’s been a long time between drinks.”

NRL chief com­mer­cial of­fi­cer Andrew Abdo con­firmed the Vik­ing clap would be used as the Raiders run out on to ANZ Sta­dium.

“Can­berra have made the Vik­ing clap one of the great pre-game tra­di­tions in Aus­tralian sport and we will ab­so­lutely fa­cil­i­tate it hap­pen­ing on grand fi­nal day,” Abdo said.

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