Saints desire will win GF spot
A GRAND final berth is up for grabs this weekend, and the only thing standing between it and the BITS Saints reserve team is the Yeppoon Swans.
The top two sides meet tomorrow in Rockhampton to decide who goes through to the big day.
Saints' reserve coach Lukas Hall will be instilling in his players that when it comes to finals, it's not necessarily the best team that achieves success on the field.
“I watched the games last weekend, and it was the side that wanted the win the most that got it,” Hall said.
“We were a bit scratchy a few weeks ago, but got back some form against Muddies.
“If we play to our best, though, we'll be right in there.
“I'll be drilling it into the boys this week it's about the team who wants it the most.”
The Saints reserves finished in second place on the ladder, but had the better of the Swans in two out of three encounters.
“We should have the confidence to get over the top of them,” he said.
Hall said the make-up of the side had been a key for the success.
“We've got a good mix of youth and experience,” he said.
“The young blokes have the speed and skill, and the older heads are a good balance.”
A strength of the style of play has been the week-to-week intensity.
“The younger guys take the game on, and the experienced players know what they need to do when things get tight.”
Key players this year have been midfielder Dan Shea and Andrew Fisher.
Ruckman Shane Lowrey has also been a revelation in the position.
“Brad Surridge is an old head who leads by example and always gives 110 per cent,” the coach said.
A little hesitant to take on the coaching job at the beginning of the year, Hall is glad he accepted the role.
“I've really enjoyed it, the boys communicate really well with me, and there's a pretty good understanding between us,” Hall said.
The clash is expected to be a physical one, but if the Saints can weather the Swans storm, the coach feels his team can pull through.
“If we can settle and ride through it, that will be a big thing for us if we're going to win,” Hall said.