Goalies Dan Gale (Grinners) and Cody McKavanagh (Hookeroos) at training with teammates in the run-up to the premier football junior grand final on Saturday.
Goalies Dan Gale (Grinners) and Cody McKavanagh (Hookeroos) at training with teammates in the run-up to the premier football junior grand final on Saturday. Gerard Walsh

Grinners coach wary

WHILE coach Scott Munro is confident the Country Smiles Grinners can win the premier grand final in Warwick football on Saturday, he's wary of the danger of an unbeaten team playing in a grand final.

Munro coached juniors at Rochedale Rovers, in Brisbane, before moving to Warwick 18 months ago.

The Grinners have been unbeaten this season and beat their grand final opponents, LJ Hooker Hookeroos, 4-0 in the major semi-final last weekend.

Matt O'Brien scored a double and Michael Washbourne and Kyle Munro one each in the semi-final victory.

"I have coached unbeaten teams in grand finals before and lost and hope the same doesn't happen this time," O'Brien said.

LJ Hooker Hookeroos coach Jon Pearson hopes his team got its bad game out of the way last weekend.

"The team has played well all season," Pearson said.

"We are strong all over the park, with goalie Cody McKavanagh and midfielder Mickey Loy two of our strongest."

Munro hopes to become more involved in the association next season and would like a Warwick premier team to contest five or six carnivals next season.

"I also want to arrange some pre-season games against teams from Brisbane to prepare us for the carnival season," Munro said.

Pearson, the Warwick District Football Association president, said numbers were about 400 again this season.

"We want to improve on numbers in the seniors and build up junior numbers," Pearson said.

"All our junior games will again be played on Saturday morning next season."

McKavanagh has been a goalkeeper for five or six years and is in goal for the Hookeroos this season. He also debuted in senior football in the reserves in 2011.

"I was glad to get a couple of clean sheets (no goals conceded) in reserves," McKavanagh said.

Grinners goalie Dan Gale, who has played football for eight years, is in his first season in goal. "I am pretty confident of our chances in the final," Gale said.

Both claim, when confronted with a likely goal scorer from the opposition, they will be aggressive and try to defuse the shot rather than wait for an attempt at goal.

GRAND FINAL DRAW: Under 12/13 10am Danny Lyons Lions v Osborn Lane Rovers; premier (14-16 years) 11am Country Smiles Grinnners v LJ Hooker Hookeroos.

U6/7, U8/9 and U10/11 teams will play a round robin at the usual times.

Presentations for all grades/players after each age group. Each child will receive a trophy and there are special awards in the two older age groups for most improved and best and fairest for the season.



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