No love lost
THERE will be war on the beach at Greenmount this weekend in the build-up to the NRL grand final.
Greenmount SLSC patrol captain Wade “Moose” Morley and lifesaver Jason Clark usually get on pretty well, but passion for their respective teams - Melbourne Storm and Parramatta Eels - is set to create some tense scenes on the beach as the pair take on the first two patrols of the club's 99th season.
“It is going to be 'on' on the beach between he and I all afternoon,” Jason said yesterday.
The pair have been “giving it to each other” all week, but there are afternoon patrols today and tomorrow to get through together before they can retreat to the surf club for a few beers to watch the epic clash.
“It is state against state, mate against mate on the beach,” Moose said.
Jason is a true blue “Parra” supporter, having watched the club's grand final win over Newtown live with his uncle back in 1981.
He then went on to sell Cornettos in the grandstands of Parramatta stadium as a kid.
Jason said it had been amazing to watch the Eels turn their season around, and he hoped supporters kept on turning up to games next year regardless of tomorrow's result.
“Parramatta have played really well, it is just awesome to see them in the grand final.”
Moose wanted an improvement from last year's grand final effort from the Storm.
“It is good to see the two form teams playing in the grand final. I'm just hoping for a good game, just like the Aussie Rules.
“Let's just hope it is much better than last year, let's just say that. Melbourne have got to come back from last year's woeful effort,” the former Melbournian said.
“I am happy there is going to be two of the games' best players of the year, Billy Slater and Jarryd Hayne, playing off in the grand final.”
Jason also predicted a close game, with Parramatta emerging in front by a margin of seven points.
“There will be kicks for field goal left, right and centre,” he said.
The pair invited the public to come up and join them at the Greenmount Surf Life Saving Club to watch the game tomorrow afternoon.