Town revs up for final
KILLARNEY Cutters player John Trindall says he is feeling confident ahead of the team's BRL grand final clash with the Inglewood Roosters tomorrow.
Trindall said it would be his first grand final clash in many years.
"It is only my second year back after a nine-year break," he said.
"I played in a few grand finals, but we have never been able to win it."
It is a tradition Trindall is hoping to break tomorrow afternoon.
He admitted it would not be easy though.
"It will be our toughest game of the year," Trindall said.
"Both teams are pretty evenly matched."
Trindall said it was great to see the town of Killarney getting behind the team.
"There are a couple of buses heading to Inglewood," he said.
"Inglewood will have a big crowd, so it will be great if we can have one too."
Cutters coach Neil Parfitt said the boys were definitely ready for the battle.
"We will be able to field our best side, so we will have no excuses if we lose," he said.
"They will have to work hard for the full 80 minutes against Inglewood if they want to beat them."
Parfitt said he had coached until teams in finals matched, but that this would be his first with the Cutters side.
"I have coached teams in five or six finals and only won twice, but it will be three soon," he said.
When it comes to preparing a team for a grand final match Parfitt said the key was to keep the players cool, calm and collected.
"The biggest thing is to make sure the players aren't too pumped-up," he said.
"It just tires them out.
"They need to be calm but ready to play."
In order to get the Cutters in the right mindset Parfitt will be speaking to them tonight.
Then before the team and supporters load up the buses and head to Inglewood they will gather for a breakfast at the recreation centre at 8am.
Parfitt said he was surprised at how much making the finals meant to the people of Killarney.
"Everyone is really getting into it," he said.
"The town has been dressed up in the red and white; it is the talk of the town."
The game will kick off at McIntrye Sports Complex at 2pm tomorrow.