Tigers, Devils in grand final showdown

Showdown: Wolumla mid Matt Grant gets control of the ball during a clash with Merimbula, while the Tigers and Bega Devils gear up for this Sunday's grand final.
Showdown: Wolumla mid Matt Grant gets control of the ball during a clash with Merimbula, while the Tigers and Bega Devils gear up for this Sunday's grand final.

The Bega Devils are staying pretty tight-lipped about plans to shut down Wolumla in Sunday’s FSC Football Association grand final. 

The two rival clubs will battle once more for the premiership, but the onus is on the Devils coming off the back of 6-0 and 3-0 results to the Tigers. 

Spokesman Chris Dwyer said the club wouldn’t give away too much, but that the Devils were looking to hone in on the middle ground and battle for supremacy through the centre. 

“We want to concentrate on ourselves as a team and play well; we’re confident we can get the result,” Dwyer said. 

With the absence of Toby Willington, Adam Blacka will slot in the centre half-back role where he adds size and a good read of the ball to aid the Devils defensively. 

Wolumla coach Luke Adams was also not giving much away, but said both teams were young, fast and capable. 

“It will really come down to the day and whose goals go in or don’t,” Adams said. 

Despite claiming the last two results, Adams said Bega were a proud club with plenty of history and ability in finals football. 

“They won’t back down – even if they get behind they won’t spit the dummy, they’ll be coming at us hard the whole time.”

Both clubs were playing the cards close to their chest ahead of the draw, but Adams did say he would not rely on any single on-field leaders with the whole team trusting each other to do their jobs. 

“We’ve set up a pattern and we’re set, it’s been a case of everyone know their job and they don’t have to worry about anything else and they know they’ve got each others back.”

Dwyer said that Bega’s backline headed by Phil Chapman had been the Devils’ powerhouse throughout the season and would stand up to the task again on Sunday. 

And they might have to, with Wolumla packing four players equally footed on the goal-kicking tally. 

“Once we get forward we are set up and it can come from anywhere,” Adams said “It’s not all happening from one part of the field.”

Dwyer said the Devils hadn’t been perhaps as flawless as some other seasons, but backed his team for the result. 

“We simply to want to play our way and maximise our strengths, if we get it right we’ll be confident of the win.”

Meanwhile, Adams said he was very familiar with the pressures of finals and wanted to let his team’s football do the talking. 

“We’re a fair chance,” he said. 

The Tigers will feature in all three senior grades with the reserves and ladies teams also going through. 

The grand final is at Merimbula’s Berrambool Oval on Sunday with senior play from 11.10am. 

The Bega-Wolumla first grade fixture will kick off at 2.30pm.