Tigers shape up for Panthers rematch
AUSTRALIAN RULES: Noosa coach Sam Faure admits an agonising one-point loss to cross-Coast rival Caloundra a fortnight ago has provided them with extra motivation for their finals clash with the same opponent but he says there's already enough incentive for them.
The Tigers and Panthers will collide at Noosaville in a qualifying final on Saturday, when the victor will earn a shot at Maroochydore in next weekend's major semi-final.
The loser will be pitched into a do-or-die minor semi-final.
Noosa finished the QFA division one's 18-round regular season in second place on the 10-team ladder, just ahead of Caloundra.
But they were stung 82-81 by them recently, under lights on their own soil.
"So I think that drives our players a bit for this weekend, to have a bit of redemption for what happened two weeks ago,” Faure said.
But he said there's more at stake now, which could change things anyway.
"This is a completely different game. It's finals football with an opportunity to play Maroochydore next week to go straight into the grand final so a fair bit lies on this game.”
He also said the recent loss to the Panthers had ensured some beneficial self-reflection.
"I think you probably learn more from losing by a point than by kicking a goal in the last minute and winning by five points,” he said.
"Caloundra were really hard at the football and that threw us off guard a little bit.”
Noosa were beaten grand finalists last year, to Maroochydore, after being minor premiers.