Don't write us off: Mullum coach
THE winds of change have swept through the Mullumbimby Giants first-grade side and coach Scott Hogan is confident they will make the NRRRL finals.
Four points adrift of fifth spot, the Giants host Grafton Rhinos this weekend where a win would be a double boost with the Rhinos between them and the top five.
Responding to an article in The Northern Star which listed his Giants as ‘also-rans’ in the scheme of the 2010 NRRRL premiership, Hogan was firm in his assessment.
“Don’t write us off yet,” he said. “We are definitely still in the race – we can win every game remaining and that should get us there.”
It’s a tough ask given that the Giants play Murwillumbah (twice), Byron Bay and Northern United in the run home, but the confidence Hogan speaks with suggests you’d be mad to discount him.
Hogan captained the Giants to their last premiership in 2007 so he knows what the club is all about.
Hogan recently managed to entice 2007 coach Damon Scott and former Gold Coast Charger Simon Kane to have an input and he says it has been the breath of fresh air needed.
“We have turned the corner,” he said.
“The whole attitude has changed of late and everyone is keen to play for each other.”
Hogan played juniors and went to school with Scott and Kane, and has been after their services for a while.
“I finally got them here,” he said.
“And we got the result; the players responded – I just think the players were after something different.”
They might have turned the corner on Tuesday and Thursday nights but the clash with the Rhinos tomorrow at Les Donnelly Field, Mullumbimby, will show where they are really at.
A win and the confidence balloons as they close in on the top sides; a loss and the job is almost impossible.
The Giants are running the weekend’s fixture as a Call To Arms match where players will wear yellow armbands in an effort to raise the awareness of the dangers of men’s cancer.
Kick-off is at 2.45pm.