By Kieren Vartuli
The regular season for many had finished but not for the Eagles. After what has been a rollercoaster for the men hailing from Wayville, Forestville will put on their dancing shoes for a shot at the title.
Forestville solidified their dominance and confidence as they steamrolled to the post season. Seven straight W’s allowed them fifth position heading into the post season.
Interestingly, two of those victories included the Southern Tigers and Norwood Flames.
Forestville handed Southern their 2nd loss of the season by a slender 3-points at Morphett Vale, painting a picture for a potential future showdown.
After matching up against the North Adelaide Rockets, they dug deep to continue. Forestville managed to edge out the Rockets by six at Hillcrest in an Overtime thriller, booking a trip West to meet the defending champions.
A week later and their third road post season matchup, the Eagles eliminated West Adelaide behind another monstrous game by Daniel Johnson.
“We just looked at it week by week (overcoming West Adelaide).”
“If we are going to be successful we need to beat everybody coming from where we were… that was just a stepping stone on the wave to where we need to get to” Simons stated.
Emerging victorious against the 2017 Champions added another chapter to their already storied season… facing the dangerous Norwood Flames.
“That was a good win for us (against Norwood), and we were down at three-quarter time, so we came from behind again”.
It has been an intimidating road to the Grand Final for the Eagles, who have played their post season fixtures away from home.
By overcoming some of the best teams in the league on the road, their confidence may be rising. Although defeating the Southern Tigers is still no easy task.
“Everybody’s happy that we’ve gotten this far but understands that we have a job ahead of us this week against what has been the best team in the competition all year.”
Heading into the final fixture for the year may seem nerve racking for some, but for Coach Simons his nerves are at bay after beating Southern earlier in the year.
“As far as I’m concerned, nothing needs to change, if we can replicate that I’ll be more than happy.”
“The key is all year they have been an in the paint team. They rely on converting at a good percentage [and] converting from in the paint.”
“We need to get them off the boards and offensively keep them out of the paint that’s the absolute key.”
Forestville’s stars are going to have to play their best to compete against arguably one of the best Tiger sides in recent memory.