Springfield hope to make most of familiar territory
THEY train together, they play together and now the Springfield Hawks two rugby union outfits are set to compete on grand final day at Ballymore Stadium.
Having finished the regular season in second place for both Barber and Pegg Cup competitions, the Hawks have their sights set on a grand final double.
It will be the second time in as many years the Hawks have reached the final with both teams. But after losing the Pegg Cup grand final last year, Springfield president Dee Clark is confident 2016 is the year of the Hawk.
"It's a familiar feeling for a few of us and a new feeling for a lot of new players,” Clark said. "They know what it's worth and they are all willing to put their body on the in for the club. It's a whole new group that has come in and want to be part of this club. It proves our structures are working and we are on the right track.”
Hawks second rowers Peter Morgan and Gareth Bamin are primed for their Barber Cup grand final appearance at Ballymore Stadium.
While Bamin was part of the Hawks success in 2015, Morgan moved from NSW this year and was quickly lured to join the Springfield squad.
"I didn't know what to expect,” Morgan said.
"Throughout the year seeing the talent in the team has been amazing. It's been a surprise but it's been really good.”
The Hawks have only experienced three losses from 27 games this season between the two Springfield outfits, scoring more than 1000 points along the way and conceding just over 300.
Full of confidence and fresh faces, Bamin said Springfield's success came down to the closeknit family of players the club has developed.
"We are one team and we train together and support each other as one team,” Bamin said. "This club feels like a family and it's a great atmosphere to be a part of.
"It's great to have two teams there on grand final day to cheer each other on and be a part of each others success. Everyone brings their own skills and abilities and it's great to have new players help contribute to the team differently.”
With the memory of lifting the Barber Cup trophy still fresh in his mind, Bamin said the Hawks weren't about to underestimate their Caboolture opponents.
"It was an excellent win to be a part of last year,” Bamin. "It's kind of the same feeling as last year because it is a new team again this year.
"We aren't going in expecting to win, we're expecting a tough game.”
With their supporters in tow, Springfield will take the field against Wynnum in the Pegg Cup grand final from 1.30pm today, followed by the Barber Cup final from 3.30pm.
Win or lose, Springfield Barber Cup coach Jeremy Clark said he and Pegg Cup coach Tony Kiri want every player to give it their all.
"At the end of the day if they give 100 percent and say they gave it everything, and it wasn't good enough I'm happy with that,” Clark said. "But there's 23 players in the squad. All I say to the players is as long as you outdo you opposition number we shouldn't have a problem.
"If you have seven out of the 15 doing that, you're that much closer to winning on the day.”
Springfield Hawks v Caboolture Snakes from 3.30pm today at Ballymore Stadium, Herston.
Springfield Hawks v Wynnum Bugs from 1.30pm today at Ballymore Stadium, Herston.