AN emotional Old Bar coach Jason Morrissey labelled his side's 25-18 victory over Forster-Tuncurry in the Group Three Rugby League final as 'the best I've ever seen.'
The Pirates are now through to the grand final next Sunday at Wauchope.
"I've been involved with football here for 20 years and I've never seen anything like that,'' he said.
"I'm just stoked for the boys. I'm almost lost for words.''
Morrissey said the Pirates had everything going against them in the lead-up to the encounter.
"We had eight first graders out,'' he continued.
"And that's not an exaggeration. Then we had a bloke down and the penalty count was way against us.
"But I thought the referee was really good today. We have to go and work on our discipline.''
Morrissey said he was still confident of winning even when front rower Kyle Cochrane was sent off in the first half.
"You watch any NRL game - a bloke gets sent off and sometimes teams get a false sense of security,'' he said.
"I thought the ref might even it up. He sent a couple to the sin bin and that's what happens in footy.''
Morrissey remains hopeful that Cochrane will be available for the grand final after he was dismissed for dissent.
"He's never been sent off,'' Morrissey said.
"If he's not in the grand final then I'm a bad judge.''
Morrissey is confident about his side's chances against Wauchope even though the Blues are unbeaten this year.
"You know what, funny things happen in grand finals,'' he said.
"I read about my home town, Coonabaraban. They've won all their games for the last two years and got beaten in both grand finals.
"We'll go up there and give it our best shot. We don't have anything to lose and we're going to have a go.
"It's not enough just to make it. You want to win it.''
Morrissey was still playing the last time Old Bar won a premiership back in 1999 when Wayne Archer was the coach.
He was also a member of the 2000 team beaten in the grand final.
That was the club's last appearance in a first grade grand final.