Warilla target back-to-back

PRIZE FIGHT: Helensburgh Thistle and Warilla Wanderers will face off in the District League grand final on Saturday afternoon. Picture: PEDRO GARCIA
PRIZE FIGHT: Helensburgh Thistle and Warilla Wanderers will face off in the District League grand final on Saturday afternoon. Picture: PEDRO GARCIA

Wanderers coach Barney King is confident the Wanderers’ best will be enough to secure back-to-back District League grand final crowns against Helensburgh Thistle this weekend. 

Warilla will play in their sixth grand final since 2011 when they face-off with a red-hot Burgh outfit at Wetherall Park on Saturday. 

King said he has the utmost respect for his rivals, who have gone their last 11 matches unbeaten, but believes if his squad play to their potential they will defend their title.

“We have to be on guard because if we don’t play well we will get beat but if we play our best, we will win. That’s one thing I can assure,” King said.

“I have told the lads that at training. If we get six or seven of our guys playing well and the only have three or four, the law of averages says we are going to win the game.

“We have the personnel to do that, but as I have said before, nothing is assured.

“If we don’t turn up, these guys will run over the top of us.”

The Wanderers have become the District League’s September specialists and beat Fernhill Foxes 1-0 in last seasons grand final.

They sealed their passage to the decider a fortnight ago with a win over the Foxes.

Helenburgh, who are coached by first year boss Brad Boardman, progressed to the final by beating Fernhill in a shoot-out last weekend. Meanwhile, Fernhill will meet Thirroul Thunder in reserve grade while Coniston and University are set for an enthralling showdown in youth grade. Reserves are 10am with youth grade at 12.15pm.