Wests Tigers NYC Holden Cup Coach Brett Kimmorley says his side are ready and excited for Sunday’s do-or-die Elimination Final against the Canberra Raiders.
After taking over as Wests Tigers U/20’s Coach this year, Kimmorley’s fifth-placed side will only get one chance to keep their premiership hopes alive — needing to win all four of their finals games to give the Club their second Holden Cup trophy in history.
And having finished the final month of football undefeated with three wins and a draw, Kimmorley says the team is primed for a strong finals run — starting this weekend.
“We had to fight to get here [to the finals] but it’s certainly exciting,” Kimmorley said.
“I think the guys have found a bit of consistency lately, which separates them a bit from the rest of the NYC competition. We’ve got rid of some of the errors that we were doing, and defensively, we’re a lot better. Some positional changes have helped that and not many injuries have allowed us to have same side on the park pretty regularly too.”
Having gone down to the Raiders in close fashion twice this year, Kimmorley says his side aren’t going to be surprised with anything that the visitors will throw at them this week, with the Coach tipping a strong forward battle right from the opening kickoff.
“It’ll be a good battle,” Kimmorley said. “They’ve got some good forwards back in the side, so that kind of tells you where they think they’re going to win the match.
“I think it’ll be an open style of football, and generally, semi-finals are more exciting.
“Hopefully, with a nice, sunny day, it’ll be a really open game of football.”