INFLUENTIAL: Dan Upton scored the decisive crucial goal in the semi-final against Kawana.
INFLUENTIAL: Dan Upton scored the decisive crucial goal in the semi-final against Kawana. Lifes Images Photography by Mich

Refreshed Lions ready to tear into grand final

NOOSA had a bye leading into the Sunshine Coast premier men's decider but key player Chris Jancevski believes his team will benefit from the scheduling.

While rival Maroochydore got a solid work-out in last weekend's preliminary final during the four-team finals, the Lions have endured a two-week wait before the grand final.

The regular season premier beat Kawana in the major semi-final a fortnight ago to ensure a week off and direct passage to the big show.

But given the home-and-away campaign was 27 rounds Jancevski said the break has helped his team regroup and refresh.

"It can only be a good thing, with such a long season. It could definitely work in our advantage."

"Maroochydore are on a roll but I think we have (been able to) get a few of the players over some niggles and give them a bit of a rest.

"We've still been training hard."

Noosa is chasing its eighth grand final win in the competition's 48-year history and its first since 2001.

"We under no illusions it is going to be easy but I'm pretty confident we can get it done if we play to our strengths and if we play as a team as we have been the whole season," he said.

A victory for the Lions would ensure Noosa claims the Sunshine Coast three-peat (grand final wins in football, rugby league and rugby union).

It's Australian Rules team is also set to feature in a south-east Queensland competition decider in a week.



Saturday, Bokarina, 6.30pm

Noosa: S Nickolls, S Paterman, T Suffolk, S Michael, C Jancevski, T Hollingworth, O Miranda, G de Chastel (c), A Barlow, M Needham, B Huston, M Thompson, D Upton, C Hudson, C Dodson, S Potts, B Campbell, coach K A'herne-Evans

Maroochydore: T Cornthwaite, O Mullins, S Watt, A Campbell, A Scarff, J Ladic, J Towle, N Arden (c), M Scarff, C Towle, D. Mills, K Vonhoff, C Greaves, B Lynch, T Walkinshaw, N Scarff, coach G Zammit.