A new dynasty awaits Warriors
UNITED Warriors coach Peter Guest says just getting to tomorrow's Fraser Coast League grand final has taken a "mammoth effort" from his team.
The Warriors are on the verge of a dynasty with the Hervey Bay outfit hoping to make it three consecutive grand final victories when they battle against Gympie Diggers at Maryborough Federation Park.
But leading into tomorrow's decider, Guest said there was a feeling of not knowing what to expect among some players in the group.
The Warriors have had a huge turnover of players since their dramatic grand final victory over Doon Villa last year, with seven players that were part of that triumph leaving the club for various reasons.
Guest, who also took over from departing coach Cameron Hanrahan at the start of this year, said it's been an uphill battle.
"To get those new guys to gel with the existing fellas was something we struggled with a bit at the start of the year," he said.
"I thought it would be a long year, but I really think the culture we've built at United the last three or four years, and the new guys adopting that culture, has been the key.
"To have that mateship as such which they've built up off the field has helped a lot."
The Warriors finished second to the Diggers at the end of the regular season, but will go into the grand final confident after beating Gympie in their past two encounters, including a 2-1 victory in the major semi-final.
Guest said his team is focused on making sure the Diggers don't get off to another fast start like they did against Doon Villa in last week's preliminary final.
And he is backing the experience of Adam Sulcs, Daniel Jarratt and Sam Hill, who have been there and done it all before, to lead the way.
"It will be our finals experience if anything that will get us over the line," Guest said.
"Those guys have been there the last few years and know what's required to win big games."