Knight plays his part as Bulli keeps rolling

KEY MAN: Bulli's Guy Knight is set to play a big role in Sunday's grand final against Port Kembla at Crehan Park. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS
KEY MAN: Bulli's Guy Knight is set to play a big role in Sunday's grand final against Port Kembla at Crehan Park. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Ask Guy Knight if he thinks he’s played well this season and he will quickly turn your attention elsewhere.

The Bulli gun has been one of the Illawarra Premier League’s brightest stars this season, but the midfielder is happy to shift the focus away from any credit.

It’s the Bulli way.

Personal success takes a back seat when you’ve got bigger plans in mind. 

It’s the same reason why the club is on the cusp of completing one of the most successful Illawarra Premier League seasons in recent history.

With a Bert Bampton Cup and League Championship already in their possession, Bulli can complete a title treble in Sunday’s grand final against Port Kembla at Crehan Park.

And they couldn’t have done it without players like Knight.

Yet, when it comes to the crunch, he happily avoids the spotlight as Bulli target their own slice of history. 

“I guess I thought I haven’t played too bad but really haven’t thought about it,” Knight says of his own performance.

“Anyone who is thinking about individual accolades is in the wrong sport I think.”

Of course, Knight is being modest. He has been an instrumental part of the Bulli squad in recent years. 

However, he is yet to taste success on the Illawarra Premier League’s biggest day.

Before this weekend, Knight has experienced his fair share of defeat. Bulli lost three straight deciders from 2012-14.

But the talented midfielder insists the previous defeats will matter little on Sunday afternoon. 

“It is pretty much a whole new team this year so I haven’t taken much out of it other than the occasion but we have had a lot of big occasions so we are used to it now,” Knight said.

“We haven’t spoke of the [the title drought] either. To be honest, I don’t think anyone has even thought about it.”

Bulli’s grand final drought dates back to 1986, but their current squad is on track to set a new benchmark.

They booked their spot in the decider with a determined 1-0 victory over Kemblawarra a fortnight ago and have eagerly awaited their opponent on grand final day.

They will meet a Port Kembla outfit which has gone their past six matches unbeaten, including three elimination finals. 

“When the final five was sorted, everyone was a good team and they have beaten three good teams comfortably,” Knight said of his rivals.

“They beat an Olympic team that beat everyone this year bar us and Tarrawanna and then Kemblawarra last week.

“They will be up for it.”

The first grade feature match will kick-off at 3pm. 

Bulli will also play a part in the under-18’s grand final where they meet League Championship winners Tarrawanna.

Perennial contenders Kemblawarra Fury and Wollongong United will face off in youth grade. Football South Coast are partnering with the Cancer Council NSW on the grand final day and patrons can donate over the weekend.