NEWCASTLE RL Four previous grandfinal defeats won’t faze Lakes coach Todd Edwards ahead of Sunday’s decider against South Newcastle at McDonald Jones Stadium

By admin • 苏州性息 • 18 Apr 2019

Todd Edwards says he is not haunted by the “ghosts” of four previous grandfinal defeats.
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And he insists the “chokers” tag, which has cropped up on social media already this week, upsets his wife a lot more than it bothers him.

Big dance: Coach Todd Edwards has taken teams to six grandfinals but never won one. He is hoping to change that on Sunday with Lakes United.

“Mate, that sort of stuff from people I don’t even know iswater off a ducks back to be honest,” he said.

“There are plenty ofbetter coaches out there than me who have never got their team to a grandfinal.

“In saying that, I wouldn’t mind winning one for a change though either.”

The Lakes United coach gets the chance on Sunday when the Seagulls take on South Newcastle in the Newcastle Rugby League decider at McDonald Jones Stadium.

While Lakes were the minor premiers, Souths won the major semifinal 20-12 between the two sides 10 days ago and will go into the decider as slight favourite.

Edwards knows better than most what thebig dance is all about come September.

He was there three years in a row in first grade with Cessnock in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and again in 2012.

His side lost to Wests 12-10 in 08 before going down to Wyong 34-6 thefollowing year, then24-8 to Maitland.

In 2012, it was an agonising 16-14 defeat at the hands of the Rosellas.

“If you throw in the two I lost in reserve grade with the Goannas, that makes six all up so the record is not real flash,” he quipped.

“And I can honestly say I’ve never watched any of them back.”

“We probably should have won it in 08, we hadthree blokes sent off the following year against Wyong, were really busted with blokes needled up everywhere against Maitland the next year and led 8-0 against Wests in 2012 and got done.

“But you at least give yourself a chance by getting there and we’ll be there on Sunday giving it everything we’ve got.”

READ MORE: Newcastle sportWin or lose, Edwards says he will be proud of the team’s achievements.

“I’ve got nothing but admiration for all the boys and this is all about them –it’s not about me,” he said.

“It’s a really young group and I think it is fair to say we have over-achieved. At the start of the season, there wasn’t anyone tipping us to be in this position.

“But these kids have turned up week after week, willing to learn and they have been relentless and tenacious the way they have gone about things.All credit goes to them.”

While Souths will trainat the stadium on Thursday night, Lakes knocked back the offer of a Friday session at the ground so as not to change their routine.

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