Caloundra are bound for their fifth-straight grand final after defeating Maroochydore in the preliminary final. Picture: Patrick Woods
Caloundra are bound for their fifth-straight grand final after defeating Maroochydore in the preliminary final. Picture: Patrick Woods

Caloundra ready to hunt title trifecta

Caloundra coach Geoff Ingram believes the best is yet to come from his charges as they build to tackle Noosa in their fifth-straight grand final appearance.

The Lighthouses earned their place in the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union A-grade decider after disposing of Maroochydore 18-0 during the preliminary final in wet and muddy conditions on Saturday.

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The reigning two-time champions will lace up against perennial heavyweights Noosa this Saturday on the hunt for a remarkable third-straight title.

While they're yet to defeat the Dolphins this year, falling to them twice in the regular season and again in the major semi-final, coach Geoff Ingram had faith in his outfit.

"They've been narrow losses but they've come over the top and we need to make sure we're strong for 60-80mins rather than 30-40mins like we were last time," he said.

"There is a lot of good experience in the team and I don't think we've played our best against Noosa yet.

"There is some pretty relatively simple and fundamental things we just need to get right to win that game.

"I think everyone is feeling pretty good about it."

He said Caloundra would need to be prepared for Noosa's strong set pieces and scrums.

"We're a lot better than we were earlier in the season on that front now so I'm backing the boys to have sorted that out this week," Ingram said.

"That'll make a huge difference to us."

Being able to fire for the full 80 minutes was crucial.

"If we get that consistency in addition to the punch we've got with the attacking talent I think we will be in a really good position," Ingram said.

After enduring a tough year due to COVID-19, Ingram was pleased to not just get a season in but to be featuring in the grand final.

"It's great, I was surprised that the season even happened," he said.

"It's a credit to the SCRU and all the clubs in terms of being able to pull themselves together and getting teams on field is a huge effort."