ILLAWARRA RUGBY LEAGUE
Revenge will be a strong source of motivation for the Helensburgh Tigers in tomorrow's final against Wests.
The Tigers haven't forgotten their 34-24 loss to Wests in the 2011 grand final and would take special delight in burying the Devils' 2013 premiership hopes.
Helensburgh haven't won a first-grade premiership since 1993 and this year's team is desperate to break the drought.
"I wouldn't say we're nervous. We know the job we have to do," Tigers captain Steve McCallum said.
"It's been a long time since our club won a comp, so that's the prize at the end. It's too big a prize to let it slip this week.
"We know we've got 80 minutes to get through and we'll give it our all. We're definitely hungry for the win."
The Tigers outplayed minor premiers Collegians for all but the final eight minutes of last week's major semi-final.
That was all it took for the Dogs to erase an eight-point deficit and steal a 30-28 victory.
"It was disappointing we didn't get the result, but we learnt a lot from it and put it behind us," McCallum said.
"We've talked about it and we know have to play for the full 80 minutes this week."
While the Tigers are coming off a heart-wrenching loss, the Devils have gained confidence from consecutive sudden-death wins over Shellharbour and Thirroul.
"I watched them in the last round against Collies, but they've come into a bit of form since then and they're definitely a side to worry about," McCallum said.
"They've got a lot of good players in that side who've played finals footy for years. They know what to do.
"It starts with [hooker] Matty Clarke and Buster [prop Greg Reh]. They lead the side pretty well and if we can shut them down it'll go a long way towards a win.
"We've done a bit of work on what we're going to do and we're just looking forward to the game."
Wests and Thirroul meet in reserve grade and Norths face Helensburgh in Coal Shield.
Dapto and Wests do battle in the under-18 final, while Wests and Corrimal clash in the Ladies League final.