NORTH Tamworth Bears have done it the long way round but have booked a spot in Sunday’s grand final showdown.
The final will be an all-Tamworth affair and a fiery one at that if history is anything to go by.
Tony La Chuisa will be looking to finish his coaching career at the helm of the Lions with a big win and over North would make it a fairytale story for the longstanding coach.
Bears coach Brad McManus is ready for the challenge and said North was in a great position to knock off the minor and defending premiers.
“We are on a roll now,” McManus said after the preliminary final win over Wee Waa.
“All four sides in the final at Tamworth is a big occasion for the club – bring it on.”
Despite his confidence, the coach is fully aware of the enormous challenge in front of the team.
“Wests have been the benchmarkof the competition all season and are going to be very hard to beat.”
“We just have to go over there and do our best to knock them off.
“Everyone knows what they have to do to beat Wests – we just have to do it now.”
It is going to be a tough ask trying to get on top of the well-drilled and dangerous Wests outfit.
North will have to shut down danger man Matt Nean, and play well right across the park.
“Our ball control will have to be better and we will have to brush up on a few things this week,” McManus said.
“We have been close to them all year – there has only been 6 or 8 points in it.”
“If we stick to our plan and execute, we will match it with them.”
“Wests will definitely know that we are there. We are ready and looking forward to it.”
Yesterday’s Leader carried a story on the final which inadvertently switched Wee Waa halfback Jason Trindall for Bears halfback Mick Watton.
The story should have had Mick Watton taking charge of the game with his immaculate kicking game.
We apologise for the mistake and confusion.