A CHANGE in club culture has been the catalyst for the Queanbeyan Kangaroos’ first reserve grade grand final appearance in nearly a decade.
That’s according to co-coach Mark Hogan who says the Roos’ resurgence in the grade can be attributed to a new found commitment to the jersey.
The Kangaroos will square off against the Queanbeyan Blues in Sunday’s decider as the club goes in search of an historic ‘threepeat’ of all three senior grade titles in the same year.
Coincidently, the last time the Kangaroos made a reserve grade grand final was against the Blues in 2004.
Since then however, the club has struggled to prove a force in the grade with Hogan admitting a shake-up had been required this season to get the side back on track.
“We’ve struggled for numbers [in previous years]in reserve grade and a lot of blokes weren’t turning up to training and still getting a game,” Hogan said.
“Our main aim this year was to change that attitude and to really enforce the idea that everyone playing reserves should be there to play first grade.
“Since we’ve been able to do that it’s paid dividends. We’ve now got a really tight group of guys who want to play for each other and the result speaks for itself.”
While the Kangaroos have turned history around to progress to this year’s decider, their recent form line against the Blues suggests they’ll be at long odds to claim a long-sought reserve grade title.
The two previous clashes between sides this season have resulted in comfortable victories for the Blues who will head into Sunday’s clash on a 15-game winning streak.
“We’ll have to play pretty much perfect football so it’s going to be a big ask,” Hogan acknowledged.
“Our completion rate killed us in our last two games [against the Blues]. “We turned over too much ball and they took advantage so that’s something we’ll definitely have to address.”