TOUGH-as-teak Denman Devils forward Ben Hagan believes a big support base will lift the side in Sunday’s Hunter Valley Group 21 grand final.
Although the first grade decider against the Greta Branxton Colts is being played at Greta Central Oval, Hagan said the ground held no fears for his team-mates.
“We’ve beaten them there once this season,” he told the Chronicle.
“We’ll have a massive crowd behind us too – I think you’ll see just as much, if not more, purple among the spectators this weekend.
“With our under-18s also playing on the day, it’s great for the club.”
After a shaky start to the season, the defending premiers have flown under the radar in recent weeks.
“No-one expected us to do too much against Muswellbrook in the minor semi,” Hagan admitted.
“Then we sent Scone packing.
“But, the boys believe in themselves.
“We’re coming together at the right time.
“We lost captain-coach Dean Amos and a number of players this year, so it took some time for everyone to gel.
“We struggled to get guys to training, due to work rosters.
“However, things have changed the past six weeks.
“Everyone’s made a commitment and training numbers have been good.
“I’m pretty confident about Sunday; I think we can win it.”
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