Everyone involved with AFL on the Sapphire Coast is thrilled to have Grand Final day go ahead this Saturday at Berrambool Oval in Merimbula. And demand is high, with allocated tickets almost sold out. (Photo: Kim Harris)
Bermagui Breakers Club President Phil Summerfield said we're a very lucky competition to have played all eight games and finals.
"It's a tribute to Tim Martin and Matt Graham that run the league and to all the presidents and committees and all that from all the other clubs," Summerfield said.
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Bermagui has four teams playing in respective grand finals on Saturday in the women's seniors, the under 14's, under 16's and Men's Division 2.
"Our under 14's are playing in their fifth grand final in a row... and they're going for a three-peat," Summerfield said.
"Our under 16's it's their first grand final.. they've gone through undefeated an our Ressies are going for back-to-back... so we're pretty lucky," he said.
"Our [women's team] are hard, they tackle well and they're very well coached."
The Bermagui women's team meet Tathra at 3:50pm at Berrambool and the Tathra Vice Captain, Elouise Russell, said the Sea Eagles will need to step it up this weekend after holding on for a 5 point win over Pambula in the Semi Final.
"Unfortunately we had one of our girls go down with a dislocated shoulder, so that shook us up a little bit and Pambula really brought it but we were lucky enough to come away with the win," Russell said.
"This is our fifth grand final so we're really hunting for that win," she said.
"We haven't been able to get there yet but I do think the team we have this year will be pretty close."
Grand Final Day Match Times - Berrambool, Merimbula
|9.45am||Under 12||Merimbula v Narooma|
|11.00am||Under 14||Bermagui v Merimbula|
|12:30pm||Under 16||Bermagui v Pambula|
|2.15pm||Mens Div 2||Eden v Bermagui|
|3:50pm||Senior Womens||Tathra v Bermagui|
|5:30pm||Mens Div 1||Narooma v Merimbula|
*All games will be live streamed via the AFL Sapphire Coast Facebook page
Grand Final Day culminates with the Men's Seniors between Narooma and Merimbula.
Merimbula Diggers Coach Matt Molkentin said this season has been one like no other but is happy his team have reached their goal of making it to the big dance.
"To get the chance to play this week is something we eyed off at the start of the year, so it means a lot," Molkentin said
Narooma won the 2018 Grand Final, while Merimbula took it out in 2019, both clubs have a record of 5 wins and 2 losses for season 2020 and the player-coach said it's going to be a hard-fought game.
"It will be tough and high intensity being a grand final," he said.
"We played them a couple of weeks ago in Narooma and they really opened us up."
"It's what you play footy for, so we're stoked to have the chance and really looking forward to it."
Captain/Coach of the Narooma Lions Colin "The Fonz" Fosternally said it was good to have a good hit out last week in their dominant win over Pambula in the Semi-Final.
"They're a physical side but obviously our fitness and skill got us over the line in the end,"
"We're up and about but that's just one game. It doesn't matter what happened last week, it's all about this week now and doing what we need to do to win a premiership."
Fosternally said this week will be the same build up as usual and keep things as normal as possible.
When the teams met in Round 2 in Merimbula, the Diggers came away with a 10 point win. When they next faced off in Round 8 in Narooma, the Lions were 21 point winners which sets up what promises to be a close encounter.
"Obviously you prefer to play at your home ground but you just got to go out there and win, no excuses," Fosternally said.
"Whoever turns up ready to go will win that game, so we'll go out there and give it our best shot."