Henderson hoping Eagles soar to victory
Sheffield Eagles hooker Andrew Henderson is hoping his side can cause an upset against defending champions Featherstone Rovers in the Co-operative Championship Grand Final on Sunday September 30 (4.30pm).
This year’s final at The Halliwell Jones Stadium is a repeat of the 2011 title decider which Featherstone won 40-4, but Henderson is determined to turn the tables on Sunday and claim the trophy for Sheffield.
“Last year was disappointing but Featherstone were a very good, experienced side and extremely determined,” he said. “We went into the game with a few injures, we lacked a little bit of experience and realistically we were probably one game too far.
“This year we have had a better season we have played better rugby which has resulted in improved performances. Our squad is stronger this season and I believe we have the focus to win.”
Sheffield have experienced a good run up to the Grand Final, beating both Halifax and Leigh Centurions in the play-offs which Henderson is hoping will motivate his team-mates to a famous victory,
“We have shown effort, determination and a lot of character this season and especially during the play-offs,” said Henderson. “You have to be confident going into games and I’m sure we will but we also know there are still areas for us to work on in training this week.”
The Eagles last played Featherstone in August which was an extremely close encounter that resulted in a 28-28 draw and Henderson anticipates another tight affair but remains focused on the club’s goal set at the start of the season.
“Featherstone are strong team with key players, Ben Kaye is always a danger as are Liam Finn and Andy Kain. They are a consistent team who are hard to break down but everyone has an off day and we are more than capable of causing an upset.
“Our goal at the start of the season was to go one better than we did last year and we are 90 minutes away from achieving that goal.
“It’s a great day for our fans and Rugby League fans in general, there will be a great atmosphere on Sunday and I hope we can make the Sheffield fans proud.
“To win would be fantastic for the club, the fans and the city.”
Tickets to the Co-operative Championships Finals Day on Sunday September 30 at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington cost from just £16 adult, £8 concessions and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk