Wallis Lake set for grand final showdown with Macleay Valley

One more match: Wallis Lake celebrate after last year's title win over Port United. Will they add another title this Saturday? Photo: Ivan Sajko.
One more match: Wallis Lake celebrate after last year's title win over Port United. Will they add another title this Saturday? Photo: Ivan Sajko.

A family-like bond between players and coaches is the formula to crafting Wallis Lake into the football powerhouse it is today.

The side will look to make history in the grand final against Macleay Valley where they’ll aim to finish the season undefeated and pick up their third successive premiership.

Great Lakes United club secretary Kevin Stevens said the bond players share on and off the field has yielded their success.

“They’ve played together for a number of years while a lot of them have been with the club for seven to eight years,” Kevin said.

“They’re all mates so they play for each other, they play for the club and they just have steely determination to win.”

From the juniors, reserve grade and coaching staff, Kevin said the bond flows right through the Great Lakes United club.

“Coaching director Jeff Summers, first grade coach Brian Tyrell, reserve grade coach Chris Cheers, president Ray Brady and vice president Tony Russ have really contributed to their success,” Kevin said.

Kevin added the depth of skill within the first grade side will get them over the line on Saturday.

They’re all mates so they play for each other, they play for the club and they just have steely determination to win.

Kevin Stevens

“Beau Wynter (club captain) is the glue to the side but the talent stretches right across the park,” Kevin said.

Wallis Lake will appear in their fifth grand final from the last six deciders.

The side tasted victory in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Kevin predicted a large crowd for the encounter.

“We should get 2000 to 3000 people,” Kevin said.

Kick-off is at 3pm at Harry Elliott Oval, Tuncurry.

2018 Premier League squad: Logan Morgan, Will Howard, Luke De Brincatt, Beau Wynter (club captain), Reyne Black, Tyla Cook, Jayden Carmody, Bayden Schumann, Mitch Yarnold, Steve Stanton, Ethan Perry, James Summerville, Roan Whiteman, Brock Gutherson, Nick Phillip, Mark Fletcher, Liam Simpson, Sam Wilson, Ryan Clarke, Blake Clarke, Darcy Drane, Jarrad Naylor, Josh Walpole, Nick Ping, Matt Cheers, Griffin Prestwidge, Peter Masterantonio, Chris Kianou and Nick Kianou. Coaches- Brian Tyrell, Chris Cheers and Richard Allen. Managers- Ray Brady and Rod Drane.