Grand final-bound Tigers cautious despite strong form
AUSTRALIAN RULES: Noosa has eased into the grand final of the south-east Queensland division one competition on the back of an impressive campaign but coach Sam Faure remains wary.
The Tigers won 16 of 18 regular season games in the 10-team premiership before accounting for arch-rival Maroochydore 17.10 (112) to 10.13 (73) in a major semi-final at Noosaville on Saturday.
The team is assured of a spot in the big dance and has a chance to claim its first significant title since 2011.
"It's exciting (to get into the decider) and it's a bit of reward for hard work but we're under no illusions, we've got to play well in two weeks time,” the coach said.
Faure said his charges can't expect to win, so is urging then to seize the moment.
"It's not a given, it's an opportunity and we've got to...probably lift our intensity again,” he said.
"You can't take any game lightly. This competition has proven to very tough throughout the year.
"We've got to make sure we stick to our structures and to what we know and that gets us over the line.”
The Tigers reached the grand final in 2014, after winning 17 of 21 games, only to lose when it really counted.
But if the Tigers' performance against Maroochydore is anything to go by, they will be hard to beat at Yeronga.
Noosa started its semi-final with venom, bagging seven goals to three in a blistering first quarter.
The hosts never looked back, with Ryan Jeffery kicking a handful of majors.
Jai Fitzpatrick suffered concussion but Faure expected him to be fit for the decider.
The Tigers will take on the winner of the preliminary final involving Maroochydore and Caloundra.
"It's exciting and it's a credit to all three (Sunshine Coast) football clubs, which have recruited the right men,” Faure said of the region's representation at the pointy end of the season, which also included teams from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.