Air time: Kingscliff’s Liam Munro (centre) throws himself into battle as teammate Brad Julius and United’s Chris Stuart contest possession in last week’s semi-final.
Air time: Kingscliff’s Liam Munro (centre) throws himself into battle as teammate Brad Julius and United’s Chris Stuart contest possession in last week’s semi-final. Craig Sadler

Rollicking Kingscliff run tipped

THE Kingscliff division one men’s hockey team do not mind having to come from behind to get the victory.

In fact, that is exactly what coach Andrew Kirby is hoping for today in the grand final against the Waratah Bobcats in Murwillumbah.

“We don’t mind coming from behind. We don’t care if we have to chase the win,” Kirby said.

“I would rather be one or two points behind. The boys always dig deep when they’re in a situation like that. It brings out the best in them.”

It was exactly what Kingscliff did last weekend when they toppled United in the preliminary final with a hard-fought 3-2 win with a last- minute decider in extra time.

Kirby said his side has the underdog tag heading into this weekend’s grand final.

“We’ve been called favourites in the past but I don’t know where that’s come from,” he said.

“They were calling us that leading into the match against United but they’ve beaten us more in the past I think.”

He said preparation for the match has been relaxed.

“We’ve got nothing to lose, that’s our attitude,” Kirby said.

“We’re going to go out there on Saturday and play it like it’s any other game. There was a practice session on Wednesday night and all we really did was hone our basic skills.”

Despite the laid-back approach to training, Kirby said the team had a definitive plan for the match.

“The plan is possession, you can’t win the game without the ball,” he said.

“We just won’t let them get it.”

Kirby said the team has come a long way this season to make it to the grand final.

“As I said, being behind brings out the best in the boys. At the start of the season we could have been up a couple of points but went on to lose because we weren’t focused,” he said.

“That changed about halfway through the season, they know that we can win this thing. They’ve shown a passion

“We’re the underdogs for sure. This is just like any other game for us.”

Kingscliff play the Waratahs in the grand final at Barrie Smith Fields, Murwillumbah, at 4pm.



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