The stage is set for a mouth-watering Macleay Valley derby in under 14s Group 2 junior rugby league action as Kempsey Dragons battle Smithtown Tigers for grand final glory at Woolgoolga Sports Ground this Saturday.
The Dragons will be coming into the game with excellent momentum after defeating Woolgoolga at Smithtown Oval, 60-6 in the semi-final.
Dragons lock Joseph Bull proved to be the star, scoring a hat-trick. Zailen Campbell-Cook, Richarn Davis, Mekhi Kelly, Nate Robertson and Justin Hickey were also among the try-scorers.
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"I thought the boys came out strong and hard at the start, played well, tackled well and did all the basics right which is what they needed to do," Dragons coach Doug Cook told the Argus.
"Mekhi and Joseph both had great games, not just in attack but defence as well."
The win means the Dragons 14s will now appear in their third grand final in a row and Cook's secret to success is simple.
"Let them play football, just get them to training and make sure they enjoy themselves on the field," he explained.
"The feeling of being in the grand final is the same as always, there's definitely a few nerves."
Smithtown and Kempsey have beaten each other once throughout the 2020 season with the Tigers winning 16-12 in round four whilst the Dragons had a 16-6 victory in round eight.
Cook knows this weekend will be tough.
"I expect a disciplined side ready to turn up and play good football and we just have to be better than them," he said.