Noosa prepares to clash with desperate Caloundra in final
RUGBY UNION: The polar opposites on the Sunshine Coast footy scene will collide on Saturday, when juggernaut Noosa hosts desperate Caloundra in the region's A-grade grand final..
The Dolphins are steeped in success, with 16 premierships in 35 years, while the Lighthouses are still searching for a maiden title after the same amount of time.
The former has lost just one game in the past two years but it occurred against the latter just a fortnight ago.
Noosa coach Michael Phelan said his side would be better prepared for the main game (4pm).
"I'm sure Caloundra took a lot of confidence from it but we've certainly learned a few things from it as well," he said.
"I really think we have learned a couple of pretty important lessons and I think it's going to help us going into this weekend."
He's also urged his charges not to get caught up in any hype surrounding the club's lofty reputation.
"We've got across to the boys this year that they're their own team," he said.
"They know Noosa's got a proud history and they want to represent the club well....but they know it's each other they rely on and they've just got to get out there and play their best footy."
Caloundra captain Dan McKenzie told the Daily last week his team was itching to have a tilt at the title, after finishing the four-team regular season in second place and accounting for Maroochydore in the preliminary final last weekend.
"Thirty-five years and (we've) still (won) none of the big ones...," he said. "The whole team is excited but there's still one more game to go."
Caloundra lost the decider to Noosa last year.
"But it's a different ball game now," he said. "Well prepare ourselves and hopefully this time we take it (the trophy) home," he said.
Noosa and Maroochydore will meet in the under-20 decider, with Nambour and Noosa in reserve grade.