SCARBOROUGH is ready to tackle the top team Trinity Aquinas in the WA Amateur Football League A Grade grand final at Bassendean Oval on Saturday.
Scarborough comes off a tough win against reigning premiers University, the team it lost to in last year’s grand final.
Trinity Aquinas is playing for its first A Grade premiership after falling short on three occasions in their 35-year history.
Scarborough coach Aidan Parker said his team’s preparation had been solid so far.
“We were lucky to come through the game with no injuries, apart from a few sore boys which is normal…we have a few experienced players ready to come in if needed,” he said.
“Naturally the boys are looking forward to the day and representing their footy club, most of whom have been there their whole lives, coming through the Scarborough juniors.”
Parker said he expected a performance similar to its preliminary final against Trinity Aquinas on Saturday.
“All the focus will be on the team aspects of the game; we can only ask for their best effort,” he said.
“Trinity Aquinas is the best team in the competition with a number of great players.
“They are the rightful favourites…we will be giving it our best shot.”
Trinity Aquinas president Andrew Edwards said the weekend off will benefit its preparation after two tough finals.
Edwards said his players were focused ahead of the grand final.
“They know the job is not done yet,” he said.
“There was a lot of hype around us last year when we finished on top but I sense a steely determination around the group, led by our captain, Preston O’Keefe, who has been setting high standards for the players both on and off the field.”
Edwards said he expected the team to give it their everything.
“They are a very determined, hard-working group who have given their all for the entire season and I expect Saturday to be no different,” he said.
“The thing about grand finals is it always comes down to the day…both teams are a chance and it is great to see two different teams in the A-grade grand final.
“We have a big task ahead but I believe we are capable of getting the job done if we play at our best.”
He said Scarborough was an experienced team with a strong midfield and dangerous forwards.
“Their form through the finals shows they are clearly not here just to make up the numbers, they are here to win and deserve to qualify for the A-Grade grand final,” he said.
“They will be tough to beat but I believe we are up for the challenge.”