CHFA. Even though Irishtown has not beaten Redpa all season, both coaches agree that the weekend’s final is anyone’s to win.
Redpa coach Koel Nicholls says he thinks it will be close, if the season is anything to go by. “There’s only been one game where it has blown out. The others have had nothing in it.”
The teams first met in round one when Redpa won by 16 points, then in round six the margin was lowered with a win by six points, and in round 10 by only one point.
They last met at the second semi final two weeks ago, when Redpa won and secured themselves a crucial week off.
“Having a week off has helped a lot,” Nicholls said. However, Irishtown coach Brody Dillon said the Canaries had a fool-proof game plan, “to kick the most goals”.
“That’s always a good game plan,” Nicholls agreed.
Both coaches laughed, not giving away much before Saturday.
Dillon said Irishtown will have a couple of players back from injury. “We’ll be keeping an eye on the association Best and Fairest winner [Adrian Phillpot] and a couple of good midfielders,” he said.
If the Redlegs win this weekend it will be back-to-back. If the Canaries do, it will be the side’s 40th premiership – the most in Circular Head football’s history.
CHFA president Buck Benson said the day was the biggest on the CHFA calendar, and he encouraged the community to come along for a great day and show its support for local football.
“We have six really good teams playing,” he said. “May the best teams win.”
The grand final takes place at Smithton on Saturday
Seniors: Redpa v Irishtown
Reserves: Irishtown v Scotchtown
Under-17s: Forest Stanley v Irishtown