IF there’s one thing Queanbeyan Blues reserve grade coach Ronnie Hoare hates on the footy field, it’s conceding points.
So it’s no surprise the minor premiers are basing their title charge around a rock solid defence that has been the cornerstone of the side’s unbeaten run this year.
The Blues will take on cross-town rivals the Queanbeyan Kangaroos in Sunday’s reserve grade grand final.
And based on their brilliant regular season run, will be heavy favourites to make it a second premiership in the grade in as many years.
The Blues are undefeated in 2013 having won 15 straight games en route to the decider, including a 52-10 demolition of Tuggeranong in the major semi-final a fortnight ago.
While the side has shown plenty of flair with the ball throughout its campaign –scoring 80 points in a match not once, but twice this season – it’s at the other end of the field Hoare said his troops had excelled.
“I’m a very defensively orientated coach, I hate tries being scored against me and that attitude was imbedded into the team early on,” he said.
“We’ve got a lot of penalties in place for any tries that get in, basically a lot of additional fitness work after training. They hated the first session of it and worked out pretty quickly that I was serious so they work hard on their defence.
“You can hear the talk on the field during the game, they’re desperate not to let any points in.”
Both previous matches between the Blues and Kangaroos this season have resulted in blowout victories for the Blues – a 42-10 victory at Seiffert in round six followed by a 40-12 win at Freebody in round 13.
But while the they’ve proved the dominant force in this year’s competition, Hoare said the Blues’ impressive record would count for little if they failed to lift the trophy come Sunday afternoon.
“We’re undefeated at this stage but we’ve got one game to go and none of that other stuff will count for much if we don’t win this weekend,” he said.
“That’s what we keep reminding the boys but they’re a pretty level headed bunch to be honest so I don’t think they’ll be getting ahead of themselves.”