MINOR premier Motton Preston only has to look back 12 months for inspiration to win today’s NWFA grand final against Sheffield.
What was supposed to be the crowning glory of a 17-game winning streak turned to disaster when the Demons were upset by Spreyton in last season’s decider.
In contrast, it’s been a remarkable comeback for Sheffield, which has struggled in recent years and not long ago was staring down the barrel of not being able to field two teams.
“At the start of the year it didn’t look like we would fill a side, and (now) we are playing a grand final,” Sheffield coach Brett Smith said.
Both sides have strong family ties.
This week The Advocate spoke to Smith, who will be playing alongside his son Jade today.
“It’s been just great to play with him and to get to a grand final is even better,” Smith Sr said.
Motton Preston siblings Jai and Jade Wells are also in the hunt for some family glory.
Both are in their first year at the club and haven’t had the heartache of losing big finals.
They joined the club when family friend and Demons reserves coach Davic Jacobson recruited their dad, Dwayne, to the club.
Dwayne’s reserves were eliminated last week but the boys can still earn the club some silverware.
“It’s a really good family club with no idiots, and that was part of the reason we came here,” Jai said.
Brett and Jade Smith
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