Coaches predict tight contest at Freeling

The rivalry between two Barossa towns will step up a notch this Saturday when Tanunda play Angaston in the Barossa, Light and Gawler Football Association A grade grand final at Freeling.

A win against Nuriootpa on Saturday at Williamstown put Angaston into the grand final while Tanunda secured their place in the match after winning against Angaston in the semi final at Tanunda on August 31.

Both coaches agree it will be an evenly contested match across the Freeling ground with Angaston looking to take the title after a 16 year drought, while Tanunda will vie for the flag after being runners-up to Nuriootpa last year.

Tanunda’s player/coach, Dean Terlich said Tanunda A grade had a run at Freeling on Saturday to prepare them for this weekend.

“The oval is in really good nick… there’s plenty of space there,” said Dean.
“Angaston… they are a good footy team and pretty well balanced… decent and competitive.”

He predicted it would be “one of those games”, where playing good football across four quarters will be the key.

For Angaston, who will also have their Reserves side play in the grand final on Saturday, they are looking for two premiership cups.

Player/coach, Jay Shannon, in his first year at the club, said there will be a strong squad to pick from.

“The whole squad… A and B have been pretty healthy throughout the final series,” said Jay.

“For our group, it’s almost better playing on the weekend and having a lead into the grand final and to get the job done on Saturday was fantastic.

“The oval was heavy and it was hard to move the footy really quick but we got going in the third quarter and moved the footy a lot better.”

Jay credited Tanunda too for their player squad and expected a tight contest given their recent encounters.

“If we stay close and get a run on ourselves, score quickly and get in front it will boost the confidence and go a long way,” said Jay.

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