ALBURY Thunder coach Josh Cale is optimistic about his chances of playing in Sunday’s grand final.
Cale injured his calf in the warm-up against Southcity at Greenfield Park on September 22 but trained last night and looks set to start on the bench against the Tigers.
“It’s coming along OK,” Cale said.
“The boys are fresh and ready to go.
“We are a young side across the park and hopefully the experience of playing in last year’s grand final will help as well.”
Cale will hang up the boots after the grand final but has committed to stay at the helm for another 12 months .
Albury is expecting a torrid reception from Gundagai early, but will be confident of victory if it can stay with the Tigers in the opening 20 minutes.
It has consistently blown away teams after half-time this season, as was the case against Southcity earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Bernie Nix will referee the clash, his 12th first-grade grand final in the past 13 seasons, with the Wagga policeman pipping Scott Muir for the top job in the decider.
League identities David Morrow and Warren Ryan will broadcast the match live on ABC Grandstand from Wagga’s Equex Centre.
Officials are expecting a bumper crowd with Albury and Gundagai having two of the biggest followings in the group.