‘A monkey on our backs we need to get rid of’: Prior chuffed Forbes has decider chance

MUTUAL RESPECT: Forbes president Tracey Prior, pictured just after being appointed in 2014, is chuffed her side's won through to another grand final. Photo: FORBES ADVOCATE
MUTUAL RESPECT: Forbes president Tracey Prior, pictured just after being appointed in 2014, is chuffed her side's won through to another grand final. Photo: FORBES ADVOCATE

Forbes Rugby Club president Tracey Prior calls them “manure bullets”.

Most other rugby pundits reckon it’s a good old fashion way of throwing a grenade in the opposition camp ahead of a big game.

Smart rugby coaches use it as motivation.

But whatever the means for Platypi skipper Jack Hammond’s “we were robbed” comments leading into the 2017 Blowes Clothing Cup major semi-final a fortnight ago, all Prior can do now is look back and laugh a little.

She says they’re comments stemming from a deep-seated respect for one of the most dominant sides in the last decade of Blowes Clothing Cup rugby.

“We hold Emus in the utmost respect,” Prior said.

“As much as Jack throws a few manure bullets around, (Emus) are pretty bloody good.

“All we’ve got to do is focus on our strengths and throw everything at them.

“The general vibe was we didn’t play our best last Saturday (against Bulldogs, winning 20-18), and that was good. It’s put the fire in our belly.”

Make no mistake about it, Forbes is ready to play on Saturday, what will be the second time in two years Emus has hosted the Platypi on grand final day.

Last year, Emus skipper Nigel Staniforth landed a penalty goal right on full-time to hand the greens a 14-11 victory, and a second straight premiership.

“We do hope we can go one better … it’s kind of a monkey on our backs we need to get rid of,” Prior said looking at that elusive premiership crown.

Forbes’ last first grade grand final triumph was in 2003. The side defeated Bulldogs that day, an emotional win after tragically losing players in the Bali bombings.

“We can’t take anything away from Emus, incredible club, side, they’ve got the respect they deserve. We’re just chuffed to be in the mix,” she added.

“We got away with not-a-pretty win (to make the grand final) but you take it. We’re excited about the opportunity to go around again.”