Swans sick of waiting for some silverware
FOOTY isn't always fair - just ask Murray Goldsworthy.
The 27-year-old Maroochydore captain has played in seven grand finals since his junior days, and lost them all.
And it is the most recent, against Caloundra in the 2009 A-grade decider, that is painfully seared into his memory bank.
He and current Swans prop Warrick Maher played in that tense 16-10 loss.
They are hell-bent on achieving redemption against the Sharks tomorrow when the sides collide in the season finale at Bokarina.
"That loss still burns deep. We're definitely ready to get some revenge," Goldsworthy said.
Maroochydore supporters have also endured an agonising wait.
They haven't seen silverware in local rugby league's top flight since 2000.
So the club is understandably intent on making the most of its opportunity.
"This match means so much," Goldsworthy said.
"We've been getting support from our family and friends and club members. They've got right behind us. Everyone is desperate to win.
"We're well aware it's been 14 years and that it (a title) is overdue. We are a proud club so we want to bring it home."
The Swans may not have a better opportunity in the Caloundra RSL Cup.
The Mark Brandon-coached side has lost only one of its past eight matches en route to the big show.
But that loss was, again, to Caloundra, a 28-14 result in the major semi-final at Shark Park a fortnight ago.
Goldsworthy said his side erred that day and would not make the same mistakes twice.
"We went in bit complacent even though we had no right to be," he said.
"They (Sharks) just wanted it more."
Caught out by the frenetic pace of last year's wooden spoon unit, the Swans fell victim to quick play-the-ball sets.
"We're almost glad it happened," Goldsworthy said.
"It woke us up a bit and now we want it (the premiership) even more. We're hungrier now to get them back."
The match gets under way at Sunshine Coast Stadium at 5.30pm tomorrow.
In curtain-raisers, Gympie will meet Caboolture in the under-18 decider at 3.30pm, Caloundra clashes with Caboolture in reserve grade at 1.40pm and Beerwah takes on Coolum in C-grade at midday.
CALOUNDRA v MAROOCHYDORE
Tomorrow, Sunshine Coast Stadium, Bokarina, 5.30pm