RIVALS: Kawana’s Jeremy Stewart on the ball during a semi-final clash with Woombye. This game on Saturday was abandoned after 20 minutes due to the rain. The two sides met again on Monday, when the Force won 3-1.
RIVALS: Kawana’s Jeremy Stewart on the ball during a semi-final clash with Woombye. This game on Saturday was abandoned after 20 minutes due to the rain. The two sides met again on Monday, when the Force won 3-1. Che Chapman

Kawana remains wary ahead of season finale

FOOTBALL: Kawana is the in-form team and has one hand on the silverware after becoming the first team to earn a berth in this year's grand final.

But coach Scott McLean remains wary, particularly after the Force's fade-out in last year's decider.

While McLean wasn't coach then, the Birtinya boys went into the 2014 grand final on a nine-match unbeaten run and with the regular season title under its belt.

But it faltered at the last hurdle, beaten by Woombye.

This time around, the side is riding a seven-game unbeaten stretch and on Monday night dismantled the Snakes 3-1 in the major semi-final at Kuluin.

It was a morale-boosting win but McLean said his team could not afford to get carried away.

"We were the first team into the final (last year) and then they (Woombye) ended up winning it. In one off matches anything can happen," McLean said.

"I was reading a study the other day that football is the most unpredictable sport."

His team will meet either Woombye or Noosa, which will collide on Saturday.

The Force has not beaten Noosa in two league outings this campaign.

It has the edge over the Snakes this year but McLean was still wary of the men in white.

"They have a good team spirit and they're willing to work hard for each other. That's why they're such a difficult team to play in finals. I just question some of their tactics at times," he said.

McLean said the Snakes were a physical side, pointing to their clash two days ago, when several cards were issued.

"It was definitely a tough game. They had clear intentions from the outset....to disrupt our style of play with aggression and intensity," he said.

"Woombye had some pretty heavy-handed tactics. The referee did a good job to keep it under control."

McLean was particularly pleased his side managed to win in the absence of Ryan Delahunty and fellow sharp shooter Kayden Oakes. The latter was injured midway through the first half.

"They are probably the two best attacking players in the league so to get through without these guys, I'm pretty happy with that," he said.

They should be fit for the decider.

McLean said it would be fitting for his team to win the big one.

"(With) the team we've got. We've got quality all over the park. It would sort an injustice to this team if it doesn't win a grand final, because it's possible some of the older guys might move on."

Defender Liam Tucker is likely to retire while Leon Dwyer is set to head overseas. Other players may move on.

"I think if they were to move on it would be to NPL clubs. If they're going to play in the local league they're going to play together (at Kawana) because they're really great mates," McLean said.


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