A clean sweep
THE dustpan and brush are out and the Pottsville Panthers are promising a clean sweep.
Not content with the double, they're hounding the treble.
ANZAC Cup-holders, minor premiers, and, once the curtain closes on tonight's Barrow Lane grand final, they vow to be undisputed kings of the Football Far North Coast First Division.
“We're really looking forward to it,” captain David Lonie said.
“Everyone knows what they have to do and we're all positive.
“We may have won the Anzac and earned promotion, but this would be the icing on the cake.
“The boys are talking it up, and there's no way we're coming home empty-handed.”
If the Panthers' semi-final performance a fortnight ago is anything to go by, their final victims, South Lismore, are in for a long night.
Souths scraped through to the main event with a 1-0 win over Richmond Rovers last weekend after Pottsville hammered home a whopping six goals past their hapless defences a week before - an embarrassing total for any team to concede, particularly in finals football.
The Panthers, playing like a team possessed, rattled the cages and more so the minds of their fiery rivals, and having watched them self-destruct once, Lonie is confident of inflicting the same punishment on them once more.
“I think after last match they'll come out firing again,” he said.
“I expect it to be a pretty heated battle; they like to try intimidation and get in your face at the best of times, but the boys will keep their heads on, cop it sweet and walk away.
“We just have to do what we did last time - come out firing from the start, get an early goal, take control of the game, and not get involved with the niggle.
“If we don't hit them hard and fast and play our game from the start, then we could get stuck in a drawn-out match.”
Having tallied 16 triumphs from 18 battles and amassed a remarkable 85 goals for just 14 against (regular season figures) Pottsville certainly know how to control a game.
Add to that the rare luxury of a full-strength squad, and it's no surprise Lonie has complete faith in his men.
“We had a huge session on Tuesday and ironed a few creases out, but I've let them take it easy for the rest of the week to focus on their own games,” Lonie said.
“If we focus on winning the ball from the start and play possession football, then the goals will come for us as they have done all year.”
The action in this must-see game kicks off at 8pm.Game Day Pottsville v South Lismore grand final When: 8pm tonight Where: Barrow Lane