Overdue to break cup decider hoodoo

October 07, 2017

Shepparton South will do everything in its power to avoid back-to-back grand final defeats.

In fact, South will be hoping to end a seven-year premiership drought, despite finishing on top in three of the past four seasons.

The boys in black and white have lost two grand finals to United in the past three seasons, while their most recent success came after claiming back-to-back premierships in 2009 and 2010.

Playing co-coach Joel Aitken was a substitute in South’s 2009 victory against United, while in 2010 the striker featured a lot more prominently alongside teammate Anthony Calandro.

‘‘It has been a long time coming for the club, we want to break the drought and it will not only mean so much for the players, but also the club,’’ Aitken said.

‘‘We know we are overdue for one.’’

Meanwhile, fellow co-coach Nathan Radevski said some of his troops were still hurting from last year’s loss.

‘‘There are still a few boys burning from last year, for sure,’’ Radevski said.

‘‘We will be using it as extra fire (tomorrow), we don’t want to go through it again and I know the boys who weren’t apart of it want to win just as much as we do.’’

United goalkeeper Reza Karimi was last year’s hero, pulling off a number of key saves, but again with such high stakes on the line tomorrow, Radevski was urging his boys to still enjoy the game.

‘‘Yeah it is a big game, there is plenty at stake, but we need to just enjoy the contest, have fun — it is the last game of the season before a five-month break,’’ Radevski said.

‘‘We just have to play to our strengths and in big games, big players stand up and I am sure we have a few that could potentially do that.’’

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