THE under 14 Bathurst Giants will be looking to cap off an undefeated Central West AFL season this Sunday when hosting Orange Tigers in the grand final at George Park 1.
From the 12 games they have played thus far, the Giants outfit has claimed maximum points in all but one.
However, that was a 68-all draw against the Tigers. It highlights that the result on Sunday is by no means a given.
“The fact Orange hasn’t beaten us this year works well for us, but anything can happen on grand final day,” Giants coach Darryl Macauley said.
“We've beaten them twice and had a draw with them, so I'm obviously reasonably confident, but in saying that, the first time we played them they were right in it until half-time before we finished over the top of them.
“In the game we drew, we were five goals behind at one point. We didn't have our full side for that game and Nash Hutchings wasn't feeling the best ... it gave us a bit of shake up, but it was probably the shake up we needed.
“To be honest, Orange probably deserved to win that game. They were set for that game, yes we had a couple out, but they came out really strong and tough, especially in the centre.”
Though that draw illustrated the threat the Tigers can pose, it also proved the Giants can fight their way back into a contest if needed.
Macauley’s side has also has a good record of success in past seasons.
“They are a good set of kids and like any kids, prefer to win than lose. That draw, they've never really been threatened like that in a couple of years,” he said.
“A nucleus of the side have been through the Giants program and enjoyed a lot of success. Across the board we are a really strong, competitive side.
“I'm sure of we play to our potential we can do it.”
Opening bounce is at 11.30am.