ON TOP: Kawana was in celebration mode after sweeping aside Woombye.
ON TOP: Kawana was in celebration mode after sweeping aside Woombye. Iain Curry

Kawana coach: My boys are ready, bring it on

FOOTBALL: Kawana coach Ian Runcie holds no fears as his side prepares for a grand final showdown with either Maroochydore or Woombye.

"I'm very confident. Bring it on is the call," he said after the Force swept aside Woombye 4-2 in a major semi-final at Kuluin on Saturday.

"We're going to get well prepared. We'll be ready - big time."

And Runcie doesn't care which team he faces.

"I'll take any of them on," he said.

"Maroochydore is a good side and so is Woombye, but whoever wins next week, we'll be ready for them."

Kawana has enjoyed a stellar season, winning the McDonald's Premier Division regular season premiership and the local Johnny Warren Cup.

But Runcie is intent on claiming the treble.

"I just hope I can win the lot for them," Runcie said.

"I'm happy as it is but I want more. That's what I'm all about. I'm a winner and I want to go and win things for the club.

"Everyone's happy at the club so I just want to keep it going."

Supporters should be pleased after the side's showing on Saturday.

Down 2-1, the Force's Jeremy Stewart - who was last week urged by Runcie to lift for the clash with Woombye in the absence of injured players - struck with a bullet-like shot from the 18-yard box.

The ball smacked into the underside of the crossbar and went in to level the scores.

"I said at halftime, 'We're not shooting enough on goals', and as soon as they came out he had a crack on goal and it was just one of those things.

"He scored and the boys lifted again and that's what got us over the line, to be honest."

Runcie expects to have a near full-strength squad for the final.

- STEELE TAYLOR


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