BIG DANCE: North Mackay Saints skipper James Gallagher warned Eastern Swans to prepare for war.
BIG DANCE: North Mackay Saints skipper James Gallagher warned Eastern Swans to prepare for war. Lyneeka Lee Malone

North Mackay Saints refuse to be comfortable until Sunday

THE LAW of attraction states visualise what you want, work hard for it and it will come.

The North Mackay Saints have a mental image of the gleaming Mackay Allied Pickfords Cup etched into their minds and will stop at nothing until it's in their hands.

Skipper of the undefeated A-Grade team, James Gallagher, said comfort will not be something experienced by his men until after Saturday.

"From the outside people see us as undefeated," Gallagher said.

"What it really is that any time there is a challenge, if the opposition gives it to us or we make our own, these boys respond,"

In their 50 years of competition the Saints are enduring the second longest premiership drought.

Gallagher referred to the law of attraction and said the A-Grade flag was the only thing on the Saints' minds.

"We've put in the work and make no mistake come Saturday we will do everything in our power to take this home and give the club what it deserves," he said.

Coach Craig Jenkins said sleep had been a luxury this past week and the grand final pressure began to build.

"To tell you the truth, I'm very nervous," he said.

"Come the biggest game of the year, anything can happen.

 

"I've been involved in teams that have gone through undefeated. You hear it all the time and they lose the big one.

"Nothing has been won in our camp and we're going in at 100 knots."

Saints have a young side on average and Jenkins said only a small number of players in the team had won a senior flag before.

Their weekend opponents, Eastern Swans are yet to get the wood over the Saints, but Jenkins's leadership team remained cautious.

"They're a good side and I respect them highly. They're a side that have knocked off teams like us in the past," Jenkins said.

"We take nothing for granted. The last three games we've played them mean absolutely nothing," Gallagher added.

"All it did was set us up for a chance to win this game."

The minor premiers earned a week's break after defeating Swans 14.10-94 to 5.7-37 in week one of finals.

Jenkins happily traded momentum for the chance at recovering from injury.

"That week off was a bonus for us. At this time of year there are players struggling to get themselves ready for the game in all grades," he said.

Saints also reached its half-century this season which Jenkins said was more incentive to bring the premiership back to North Mackay.



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