Sarina Crocodiles player Jayden O'Shannessy.
Sarina Crocodiles player Jayden O'Shannessy. Emma Murray

A carton on the line for room mates

TENSION between the Sarina Crocodiles and Mackay Brothers is almost palpable but the household of Jayden O'Shannessy and Harry Black is taking a more "chill” approach to finals.

The room mates find themselves on opposing sides of the Sarina-Brothers war; O'Shannessy a lifelong Croc and Black a proud member of the Brethren.

Both teams will fight for their finals lives this weekend, with the winner guaranteed a spot in the top five.

O'Shannessy said the house banter had been at an all-time high in the build-up to their Sunday clash.

"After training we'll compare what we did and have a laugh,” he said.

"We're in good spirits. I'll rile him up about the game; it's good times before we battle it out.”

The Sarina player said his main goal was to convince Black to shake on a carton deal.

"I tried to put a (bet) on him, but he always pulls out on me,” O'Shannessy said.

"We got him last time and there was no carton to be seen.”

Sarina started the year with their only goal, to improve on their three-win season last year.

O'Shannessy who has worn the green and red since juniors did not hide his excitement.

"This year was about building; so even having a chance at finals is good times compared to last season,” he said.

"We didn't expect to be in this situation, but everyone at the club is hungry and ready to rip in.”

Sunday's match was predicted to be a clash of youth and experience.

"They're young, but fast; speed is their advantage,” O'Shannessy said.

"We're missing a few boys because of injury and suspension, but I think we can do well against that young Brothers side.”

"Maybe their lack of experience through the younger fellas might be a weak spot; but in saying that we're not going to cross them out because those young blokes have a lot of heart.”



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