One word could be used to describe the 2017 Namoi Soccer League grand final for Narrabri FC players and fans - heartbreak.
Narrabri FC won the 2017 campaign by four competition points before qualifying for a home grand final, which it lost 1-0 against Moree Services FC One.
This season the two sides meet again in the big dance.
Once again Narrabri FC won the minor premiership by four points before going on to win the competition’s major semi-final, which earned it the right to host the grand final at Hogan Oval in front of a home crowd.
Narrabri FC president Steve Lubke and skipper Zaac Brayshaw were part of that losing side last year.
Both recalled how disappointed they felt when the full time whistle sounded, and said that that was a driving force to go one further in Saturday’s decider.
Narrabri FC coach Neil Brayshaw also recalled how heartbreaking the 2017 loss was as he watched on from the sideline as a fan.
Brayshaw said that he was excited for his first senior grand final as a coach, and that he had full
confidence in his team.
“It’s been a challenge this year,” the coach said about his first year in charge.
“But I think we’ve done OK overall.
“I was happy with finishing first but I still think we have a lot of improvement in us even though we only have one game to go.
“We have class all across the paddock from our defenders and midfielders to our strikers.
“In saying that we need to play as a team and I’m hoping we do that on Saturday.
“If we do I think that will get us home."