Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

The Sledge That Riled the Goodna Coach Ahead of the Decider

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

The Sledge That Riled the Goodna Coach Ahead of the Decider

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IT was the sledge that Goodna Eagles coach Laurie Campbell used to fire himself and his men up in the grand final against Fassifern.

Campbell has revealed to the QT how he never forgot two things that were said when Fassifern gave Goodna a towelling earlier in the year.

Goodna won their major semi-final 30-28 after the bell against Fassifern and then eclipsed that performance in the decider to win 32-14.

"What motivated me was two things from when we went out and played Fassifern and they gave us a touch-up," Campbell said.

"They were yelling out at Ray Baira from the can bar. He'd just scored two tries and they were yelling out 'out with the old and in with new' because he had left them to come to us.

"They were laughing at Ray when they belted us.

"Then Corey Kirk told me that during the game one of their blokes came past and clipped him and said 'you fellas are s***'.

"Corey said 'fair enough, we'll see you in the finals' and then their bloke said 'you won't even make the grand final'.

"Corey said that you don't win grand finals in June.

"It is fair enough to have a sledge, but you don't say that about people at Goodna. That is just motivation.

"From then I said 'OK, we'll play this game harder', so I stepped it up.

"While things may have not gone right for us against them during the season I said to my boys 'don't worry about it because we know how to beat them'."

Campbell has proven to be a master motivator.

In the sheds before the grand final he pulled Baira aside and said to him "you are better than the magic man".

He was referring to Fassifern's centre Leveni Kurimalawai who had been tagged "the magic man" in a QT story. Baira, playing against his old club and marking Kurimalawai, went out and had a blinder.

While Kurimalawai scored two tries it was Baira who set up two and scored one himself and was the best back on the field. …

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