Where is it being played?: Bairnsdale City Oval
What time is the seniors game scheduled to start?: 2:15pm, Saturday September 15th
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GRAND FINAL MATCH PREVIEW – STRATFORD V LAKES ENTRANCE
Stratford senior football coach Peter Morrison is enjoying himself.
Four years after the team’s last East Gippsland football premiership, Morrison is calm at the second last training session before the grand final, against Lakes Entrance.
“I think it’s trying to relax a bit more and enjoy it, (or) the pressure builds,” he said.
“In 2014 we got really het-up about it, but this time they’re having fun — even at my age it’s exciting, and you take it all in.”
There’s definitely energy in the rooms before the team begins warming up — camaraderie and confidence, a team that can identify its opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, and that knows its own.
It has been, however, a long time coming for Lakes Entrance Football Netball Club, who now gets an opportunity to end a long-standing senior football premiership drought.
The Seagulls advanced to their first East Gippsland football grand final in 15 years with a comfortable 28-point victory over Wy Yung at Bairnsdale City Oval on Saturday.
Lakes will take on minor premiers, Stratford, in this Saturday’s grand final at City Oval and it will be a big day for the club.
Club president, Danny Moorhouse, said it has been a remarkable year for the Seagulls and he is confident the club has one last big effort to give.
“It’s been a huge effort from a lot of people – coaches, players, volunteers, etc – to make things work and it is a reward for all the hard work that has been put in,” Moorhouse said.
“James (Gibbs) has done a wonderful job with the senior group and he has been well supported by our reserves coaches Ryan Hooper and Kane Thomson, who have been critical in making sure things continue to tick.
“The effort has been outstanding and I know this week will be tough, but every single one wearing maroon and white believes we can bring home the silverware.”
Gippsland Times and Lakes Post
Match preview from articles written by Alex Ford reporting for Gippsland Times and Lakes Post.
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Alex Ford – Gippsland Times: http://www.gippslandtimes.com.au/story/5644062/swans-seek-success/?cs=1576
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