Wanderers wary in rematch

Warilla’s Chad Keating is adamant the Wanderers’ victory over Fernhill earlier in the finals means nothing on grand final day.

KEY MAN: Fernhill's Kazuma Nagaishi will likely play a pivotal role if the Foxes are to upset Warilla Wanderers on Saturday. Picture: PEDRO GARCIA

KEY MAN: Fernhill's Kazuma Nagaishi will likely play a pivotal role if the Foxes are to upset Warilla Wanderers on Saturday. Picture: PEDRO GARCIA

The Wanderers were the first District League club to qualify for the decider after defeating the Foxes 4-2 and then coming from behind to beat champions Corrimal Rangers in a penalty shootout.

Fernhill earned a rematch by sending Rangers packing last weekend and will come to WIN Stadium on Saturday ready to challenge for the silverware.

“The two best teams have made it here,” Keating said ahead of the rematch.

“We beat them in the semi-finals but that comes to nothing.

“We will just refresh and go again and see what we can do.”

Warilla spent their weekend off playing a training game to keep up match sharpness for the decider.

The grand final is the club’s fifth appearance in the past six seasons.

”[Coach Barnie King] has got to a lot of grand finals and it just comes down to fitness and hard work,” Keating said.

“On the day we will be here ready to play and it is a 50-50 shot.”

Over previous three meetings earlier this season, the Wanderers have won two and drawn one against the Foxes.

Fernhill’s Ben Moerman wants to turn the tide on the biggest day of the District League campaign. 

“They will go in as deserved favourites but if we are smart on Saturday I think we can definitely beat them,” he said.

The grand final will kick-off at 3pm on Saturday.

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