Finn determined to win Grand Final this time around
Driven by the disappointment of defeat 12 months ago and fired up by their burning desire to be recognised as true champions, Featherstone Rovers need no extra incentive as they prepare for Sunday’s Co-operative Championship Grand Final against Sheffield Eagles at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington (4.30pm).
For Featherstone’s talisman Liam Finn, a member of the 2010 Grand Final team beaten by Halifax in a dramatic 23-22 Golden Point defeat, Sunday represents a day for both atonement and ambition.
“I’m massively looking forward to the game,” said Finn. “We’re all hoping to go out there and go one better than last year and everyone at the club is really up for the contest.
“We were disappointed with how things went last year, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s a new season and there are new players in the squad so it’s not something we’ve actually talked about in training much at all – we’re focusing on this season and not dwelling on the past.
“Obviously, for the lads who played last year it’s in the back of their mind though and it’s a huge driving force for me personally.
“The Grand Final is the big one and the one that we all want to win. If you win this game then no-one can argue that you’re not the best team. We want to finish this season on a high. We’ve been working hard since last November and we’re all determined to go out there and give the supporters and ourselves something to be proud of.”
Featherstone secured their place in the Grand Final after defeating Leigh Centurions in a Qualifying Semi-final two weeks ago, but having watched unfancied Sheffield Eagles knock Widnes, Halifax and then Leigh out of the competition in successive weeks, Finn is expecting Sunday’s game to be another unpredictable contest.
“We’ve had a week off to rest and prepare ourselves for the final,” he said. “Now we’ll be focusing on Sheffield this week and on what will be a very tough game no doubt.
“They’re a massive threat. You don’t beat three teams with the calibre of Widnes, Halifax and Leigh if you aren’t a good team and they certainly deserve their place in the final. To go away to Leigh especially and get a result like that shows how good they are and they’ll be very confident going into the final.
“There are no givens in a Grand Final and that’s what makes the game so dangerous. Everyone knows this is the last game of the season so both teams will be going all out.
“Personally I’m really looking forward to the game and hopefully I can put in a good performance, but the most important thing is winning and that’s what we’re intending on doing.”
The Co-operative Championships Kids Go Free offer returns for this year’s Grand Finals Day (Sunday October 2) meaning that for the first time at a Rugby League Final, children have free admission when accompanied by a paying adult.
The East Stand of The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, has been dedicated solely to families, so to take advantage of this offer select an East Stand ticket by calling the RFL Ticket office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk and book your free child ticket under Kids Go Free.
Adult tickets for the Co-operative Championships Grand Finals day at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington on Sunday October 2 cost from £14 and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk