Bracing for grand final rematch

CAPRICORN Coast coach Shaun Janes expects Clinton to be firing in this weekend’s grand final rematch.

Janes said the Gladstone-based outfit would almost certainly be gunning for revenge when the two sides hit Yeppoon’s Apex Park tomorrow following last year’s 2-0 grand final loss to the Coast.

“They’ll be out for revenge. I know if I lost I would be,” he said.

Despite a disrupted start to the season, Janes is confident his side can replicate its grand final-winning performance this weekend, following its 8-0 win over Southside a fortnight ago to start the season.

Since its last fixture, the Coast has had limited access to its home field at Apex Park, Yeppoon, with the club employing cross-training and lower-intensity sessions instead of work on the pitch.

“We’ve been doing some road runs, a beep test, general fitness things,” Janes said.

“We’ve sort of walked through a few things, but haven’t been able to do much.”

Despite the less-than-ideal preparation, Janes was pleased with players’ preparations on Thursday night.

“I’m a lot more confident after the run we had,” he said.

Clinton, fielding a different outfit to last season, will be buoyed by the performances of new recruits Tom Stephens and Dave Mitchell in their 2-0 win over Bluebirds last weekend.

Stephens and Mitchell both scored, while another new recruit, Matt Smillie, controlled possession in the midfield.

Janes is expecting Clinton to employ similar tactics again.

“I expect a very fast-paced, physical game. We’ve got to match their intensity,” he said.



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