Lee Borland has a relaxed attitude as Woolgoolga prepares for tomorrow?s preliminary final against Orara Valley.
Lee Borland has a relaxed attitude as Woolgoolga prepares for tomorrow?s preliminary final against Orara Valley.

Confidence growing

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

FOR a man who's only one victory away from playing in only his second grand final, the attitude of Woolgoolga's Lee Borland is pretty laid back.

"We're all pretty confident but we're relaxed and having fun at the moment," the Seahorse's second-rower said.

"Everyone at the club are good mates who have a laugh and good fun together.

"We even played soccer the other day at training."

Borland has been a Woolgoolga junior all his life and aside from a grand final loss with the under 16s against Sawtell, on field success has managed to evade the 23 year-old on most occasions.

Victory tomorrow against Orara Valley would see Borland and his boys get through to the big dance at Macksville next week to help erase any memories of failed campaigns in the past.

If the Seahorses are going to get up, Borland thinks the very simple game plan his team possesses will get them home.

"We've got a pretty strong forward pack who just go out there and do the job," said the grower of hydroponic tomatoes.

"Once that's done the backs come along and finish off, especially 'King Arthur'.

"He's awesome the things that he can do."

The form of Woolgoolga throughout this season has been well reflected in that of Borland's.

Slow to start but made people sit up and take notice as the year went on and is starting to shine in the semi-finals.

Last week, the off-load that he gave to Drew Vines to set up a try against Sawtell in the minor semi-final smacked of the increasing confidence that the club now has.

"At the start of the year I was working in Bourke and first played in reserve grade," he explained.

"Playing in first grade is a lot quicker than reggies.

"It took some time for me to get back into it.

"I'd have to agree that my confidence has grown through the year with the team's performances."

Another win tomorrow and chances are, confidence out at Woolgoolga will go through the roof.



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