IT’S really disappointing to miss out on Sunday’s grand final.
Albury deserved to finish on top of the ladder, but I thought we were a real chance before they blew us away in the semi-finals and then Gundagai knocked us out last weekend.
I think Thunder will win the premiership.
Once they get on a roll, you can’t stop them with Mitch Davis, Lou Goodwin and Andrew Cowhan really strong in the forwards.
Cowhan is a big man to have running up the middle with those dreadlocks and Davis and Goodwin work hard and keep coming and coming all day.
I don’t know what happened when we played Albury a fortnight ago. We seemed to give up which I hadn’t seen in my time at South-city.
Maybe the constant pressure got the better of us.
The Tigers have to match Albury’s strength and that won’t happen.
In the backs, full-back Ben Jeffery is all class.
We targeted Albury’s wingers and tried to get in behind them but Jeffery covered up really well and showed what a fantastic player he is.
Our plans didn’t come off. That was disappointing because I thought we were in the game early.
Gundagai made us pay for our mistakes in the preliminary final and, out wide, it has a danger man in Damian Willis — he did a lot of damage to us. James Smart can be a handful as well.
The standard of Group 9 surprised me, coming out from England.
It’s a real forwards game here and there are a lot of good players, particularly at the stronger clubs.
Southcity has been really good to me and, while I won’t be back next season because my girlfriend is due to have a baby in December, I’ll look at coming back in 2015.
Gundagai is playing well, but Albury really impressed me the other week in Albury and it’s hard to tip against it.
Albury to win 28-16.