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By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

ORARA Valley icon Brett Davis is ready to tackle like he's never tackled before in a bid to win tomorrow's Group 2 grand final against Macksville.

"We just need to defend if we're going to beat them," Davis said to easily sum up the task ahead of the Axemen.

"They're going to score tries against us obviously but it's a matter of how many we let them score."

The big game tomorrow holds special significance for the veteran halfback for so many reasons, guaranteeing that he won't leave any petrol in the tank by the end of the game.

Firstly, it doesn't matter how old a footballer gets, he always loves the challenge that a grand final brings.

Secondly, Davis has a few family members in the Macksville team that he'd love turn the tables on after losing to the Sea Eagles a fortnight ago.

"I've got a lot of nephews and cousins in that side and we all play together in the knockout comp," he explained.

"We all like to test each other out when we're on the field but afterwards we all have a laugh together and say 'I got you this week'.

"There's a lot of respect on both sides when we play each other."

The last reason for Davis, but by no means the least, is that he's finally decided the time is right to hang up the boots and end a glorious career.

"This is definitely the last time I'll be playing," he announced.

"I've just been finding it hard to get motivated for training and before a game get motivated and aggressive."

'Uncle' Brett won't have any problems getting fired up tomorrow though and promises to leave every last bit of effort that he has in him on the Macksville ground.

"That's the plan mate," he said.

"I just know that I'll be walking off that ground very slowly at the end."

Davis' departure will be a loss for rugby league but it will be a gain for soccer.

"I've already made plans to do something else with my weekends next year," he said.

"That way there's no chance of me making a comeback.

"I'll be playing Over 35s soccer, I started off playing soccer in juniors."

In Davis's true self effacing nature, he doesn't want anyone making an issue of his departure at the end of the grand final.

"I just want to keep it low key and I don't anyone to make a big fuss," he requested.

"I'm more than happy to simply fade out."



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