KYRAN Bubb may only be 21 years old, but he already has a wealth of senior grand final experience.
Bubb will play lock for Orange CYMS in their Group 10 grand final against Orange Hawks tomorrow.
He knows tomorrow’s decider, which is the first time Hawks and CYMS have met in the grand final, is special.
“It’s only different because it’s a local derby. It’s pretty exciting,” Bubb said.
This will be the third year in a row Bubb has lined up in a senior grand final.
He was part of the CYMS side that downed Lithgow 30-12 in 2011.
Last year he played with Maitland in the Newcastle Rugby League reserve grade competition.
The Pickers made the grand final but Western Suburbs came out on top.
“We got demolished 46-nil,” Bubb lamented.
“The last grand final I lost, so I’ve gotta try and get one back.”
CYMS have had a hard, but mostly successful road to tomorrow’s decider.
They finished the regular season with a 18-8 victory over Lithgow, which ensured the Orange side remained third.
The following week they met Workies again, this time in Lithgow, but were still able to come out on top 20-12 in the qualifying semi-final.
CYMS then suffered a heart-breaking 12-11 loss to minor premiers Hawks in the major semi-final.
This set up another showdown between CYMS and Lithgow in the preliminary final.
In a tough game, CYMS were able to hang on for a 28-20 win to book a place in the grand final.
Bubb believes that hard slog will pay off in tomorrow’s big one.
“It’s been hot and it will be warm this weekend,” he said.
“It hasn’t been easy making the grand final, but I think that’s helped us.”
The lock has been reasonably happy with his own season.
“I started off slow but the back end has been good. I think I’ve been improving steadily,” he said.
Now he’s ready to line up in what he described as a “fairytale” grand final.
“I think it’ll be a pretty physical first 20 minutes. Then it could open up or stay physical. You don’t know what will happen,” he said.
“I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a game before.”