“IT’LL be huge. There’s no words to express how it would feel to come out with a grand final win.”
In one line Orange Tigers rover Simon Kay sums up the sentiment of every player who’ll run out in black and gold for today’s Central West AFL grand final in Bathurst, the club’s first top grade decider in over a decade.
Starved of success following a break-through flag in 2002, the Tigers will today tackle the undefeated Bathurst Bushrangers looking to end one of the competition’s longest premiership droughts.
Kay, also the club’s president in 2013, admits having been with the Tigers for five seasons, it’s time Orange again rose to the top.
“We’ve just got to focus on the team game,” Kay said.
“Go out hard right from the get go.”
Debuting in black and gold in 2008, Kay moved over to Bathurst in 2010 before a phone call brought the key midfielder back home after his Bushrangers sabbatical.
“Pearcey got in my ear the year after and I came back to the Tigers,” he said.
“It’s my third year back now and I’m just loving it. I’m loving playing footy and just loving being back in the Tigers.”
The 31-year-old will love it even more with a flag today.
“Definitely. We’ve been a bit unfortunate this year with some of the results but I think we definitely had a huge chance of getting one over them a few times this year. We’ve been a little bit unlucky,” Kay said.
“We’ve lost some players at the wrong time and hopefully in the grand final it’ll be a little bit different.”