Agression could easily spill over in footy final
WHEN Kawana and Maroochydore met in the mud a fortnight ago, all hell nearly broke loose.
Two of the biggest packs in the region bashed each other to a virtual standstill and five men were sin-binned amid the passion of it all.
Ultimately it was the Swans who claimed bragging rights with a 20-4 triumph.
"It was pretty intense. It was pretty hostile," Maroochydore hard man Warrick Maher said.
"There's a few fiery blokes in both teams. They don't take a backward step and it boils over sometimes."
The gritty 110kg, 180cm front-rower expects another ferocious affair when the teams collide again tomorrow, this time in a do-or-die preliminary final at Golden Beach.
"It very well could be (as intense). We are fired up and ready to go and don't want to lose," he said.
"It's always tough against them. They've got a big pack like us and I think it's going to be won in the forwards."
It is this steadfast attitude that has helped Maroochydore close in on its first premiership since 2000.
"We like to think we are feared, especially our forward pack," Maher said.
With Murray Goldsworthy leading the charge, the Swans have developed a reputation for toughness.
It propelled the side to a seven-game unbeaten streak, culminating with the win over Kawana.
But the Swans were eventually rattled by grand final-bound Caloundra last weekend, losing 28-14 at Shark Park.
"We were all pretty dirty on ourselves after that, but morale is pretty high now," Maher said.
"We're all pretty confident and pretty keen to get into Kawana."
However, the 25-year-old said his side could ill-afford to get too carried away in the heat of the moment against the reigning two-time Caloundra RSL Cup premier.
"WE ARE going to try and rein it in just a little bit, just so we don't get so many penalties and players sin-binned, but it will be pretty much the same old thing and we'll rip in," he said.
"We'll try and give it back to them a legal way."
Maher and Goldsworthy are the only two members of the Swans' squad to have played in the 2009 grand final loss to Caloundra.
"It was pretty tough. We would like to get one (a premiership)," Maher said.
"Murray and I have been talking about that a little bit."
The Swans will be without forward Tim Ross, who has gone overseas for work, but Shane Turner has recently returned from a broken jaw. Cameron Collis is also back from injury.
MAROOCHYDORE v KAWANA
Tomorrow, Golden Beach, 5.30pm