PORT City Breakers hooker Glen Littler is looking for an improved performance from his team as a Group 3 grand final spot again beckons.
The Breakers lost their major semi-final to the Wauchope Blues on the back of poor ball handling and a run of silly penalties, but have a second chance of making the big one.
That chance comes on Sunday against Taree City Bulls at Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium in the preliminary final.
Considering his team’s record against the Bulls, Littler was confident.
The Breakers beat the Bulls twice in the home-and-away season, with one draw.
The third match between the two was the most memorable, with the Breakers coming back from a 28-0 deficit to post a 38- 28 win at Regional Stadium.
They did the simple stuff right that day, and that was where the Breakers went wrong against the Blues, according to Littler.
“The boys were disappointed, because we’d had a good training week, and we’d done all we needed to,” he said.
“If we can control the ball and get at least 50 per cent of possession, I think we will be right.”
The side will also have to stop Taree’s Clint Walker. The country player devastated them the last time the teams met.
“He’s a great player,” Littler said. “And he’s got speed.”
Former Port Macquarie player Daniel Dumas is also a threat.
“He’s a good leader,” Littler said.
But the Breakers have some good players of their own.
Littler has been in great form, with his confidence high.
“I’ve been happy with the last few games,” he said.
“It’s a lot easier when you’ve got blokes like Chook [Mitch] Fowler playing with you.”
Fowler had a blinder against the Bulls in the great comeback.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen him play a bad game,” Littler said.
Kick-off’s at 3pm, and regardless of the result, and who wins the grand final, the off-season will be action-packed for Littler.
His wife, Natalie, is due to give birth to a new Breakers supporter in November.
“It’s all happening,” Littler said.