Camden Haven Hockey and Tacking Point Thunder Hockey Clubs are going head-to-head this weekend to claim a double grand final win.
Both clubs have placed first and second on the ladder in the open men's and women's division grand finals in Port Macquarie.
It's tight at the top of the open men's ladder with Lightning leading the competition on nine wins and a draw, Camden Haven have eight wins, a draw and a loss. Wolverines and Bull Sharks have three wins, Cougars have one win.
In the open men's finals this Saturday, September 19, the Tacking Point Thunder will play Camden Haven from 4.30pm, while Wauchope Wolverines will play Port City Bull Sharks from 1.10pm.
Lightning captain Jarrod Smith said he was looking to avoid a repeat of the three-all draw his team had collected against Camden Haven earlier this season.
"It's always good to make a grand final, being in that match is special no matter what level you play at," he said.
"First thing I'd say is hats off to the other three teams in the competition, it's a credit to them that they front up each week against the two top teams and play.
"Camden Haven do play an uptempo, high speed style of game whereas we try to control the tempo. We have to play in constructive kind of way and stick to our patterns of play.
"We want to maintain possession for long periods of the game and identify our opportunities to go forward. We need to stick to that measured approach and that is where we play our best hockey.
"(After finals) We'd like to head back into the Mid North Coast Premier League with the Manning Valley clubs next year. The competition is a bit more even and helps our juniors growth."
Mr Smith also praised the 12 week competition program as something positive from the season that the Port Macquarie Hockey Association should continue moving forward.
In the open women's ladder, Camden Haven have 10 wins, Omni have eight and two losses, Piranhas have six wins, Cruisers have four wins, Wauchope Warriors and All Stars both have a single win.
In the open women's finals, Wauchope Warriors play All Stars at 11.55am on Saturday, Piranhas play Cruisers at 1.10pm.
The top of the table favourites Camden Haven play Omni at 2.50pm on Saturday.
Mr Smith, who also coaches the open women's Omni team said he's backing the team for a second win on the weekend.
"The team has grown significantly as a team and matured to be able to play in a women's competition," he said.
"I think we are every chance of being competitive with Camden Haven on the weekend. We have to make sure we aren't pressured into playing a fast, turn-and-burn style that Camden Haven favour.
"Through the season we have been a tad unlucky at times with the inability to score. Regardless the team has played well and I think we are every chance this weekend.
"Credit to Camden Haven as a club they have done a great job in growing their juniors through to their senior teams. They have two teams in the grand final and it's a credit to them."
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