The 2018 Kennards Hire Debbie Marzella Cup Grand Final is here! Kicking off this Saturday 11th August at the home of the Coomera Cutters, the Robina Raptors will go head to head against the Coolangatta Knights.
Defeating the Knights in the semi-finals, the Robina Raptors are looking to be the favourites to take out the Grand Final. Robina Raptors Coach Peter Dean hopes the team can bring the same consistent performance and maintain composure through the final. “I am a big believer in not changing anything and what we are doing is working, so we need to just worry about ourselves,” Robina Raptors Coach Peter Dean said. The Raptors side had a rocky start as Dean only officially came on board as Coach six weeks before the commencement of the season. “Robina is a small club, which is another reason why making the final is such a great achievement,” Dean said. The Raptors will not be shy to put on points this weekend as their line up consists of top try scorer Mitchell Alexanderson, top points scorer Paul Dewstow and hard-working forward Joshua Breen. Captained by lock Rhys Cushing, the Raptors know the Coolangatta Knights are fighters defeating the Mudgeeraba Redbacks in a nail biting 14-12 Preliminary Final.
Appearing in two Grand Final’s within the last three years, the Coolangatta Knights are no new comers to the finals spotlight. The Knights have had quite a successful 2018 season, going through undefeated and finishing as minor premiers. “We took quite a blow with injury and dropped in player availability in the backend of the season but always still managed to put a team on the paddock,” Coolangatta Knights Coach Arwin Marcus said. The Knights are only in their fourth year of operation and after taking out the competition in 2016, the club and team are hungry for another major win. “It is a great achievement as a whole, not just for the playing group but everyone off the field can be rewarded for their hard-work throughout the season,” Marcus said. Although some players are in doubt to play this weekend, the Knights will look for support from Jeff Funnell, Brad Mathews, Nathan Ingram and Zac Umstad. Co-captained by Adam McGrath and Paul Abric, the Knights will stick to the same structure and attitude as the past couple of matches.
Rugby League Gold Coast Kennards Hire DMC Grand Final Team List
Robina Raptors v Coolangatta Knights at Coomera, Saturday August 11 – 6pm
1. Liam Hartenthaler 2. Troy Timu 3. Paul Dewstow 4. Mitchell Alexanderson 5. Gary Yeh 6. Henry Garrett 7. Josh Dean 8. Joshua Breen 9. Dylan Roxburgh 10. Daniel Hinde 11. Joshua Quinlan 12. Jake Landers 13. Rhys Cushing (c) 14. Nathan Breen 15. Ahmed Elcheikh 16. Mathew McGovern 17. James McGain 18. Danny Jones 19. Jed Van Der Moolen
Coach: Peter Dean
1. Zac Umstad 2. Mitch Hemmings 3. Jeff Funnell 4. Adam McGrath (c) 5. Glenn Phillips 6. Paul Abric (c) 7. Kieren Wiggins 8. Brett Stonham 9. Nathan Ingram 10. Ramon Stubbs 11. Joseph Mallion 12. Will Grooms 13. Brad Mathews 14. Reece Sandy 15. Jaye Cryer 16. Stuart Crooke 17. Dylan Dyball 18. Luke Dunn 19. Ryan Perez
Coach: Arwin Marcus