Marty Lyden is a hell of a motivator.
The Vipers' coach will look to put the finishing touches on an excellent Western Women's Rugby League campaign on Sunday as his girls host the red hot Wiradjuri Goannas at Pride Park, a side they scraped past back in round four.
And even though Alana-Rose Cramer, Cass Hopping, Tanya Sharp and Rianna Bordic all had a stack to say about their playing partners and what needs to be done on the field in the decider, their eyes lit up when they were asked about their valiant leader.
"He has been so good," Cramer said.
"He motivates us all the time... even when we just come off the field for a breather or at half time. He talks to you, he gets in your head and he just shows you you're a good player and makes you motivated. "He's got that Wayne Bennett halftime speech in him," Hopping added.
Not only will the Vipers open's side need all the encouragement in the world from Lyden, they'll need to play close to their best game of the season as Goannas will be hell bent on reversing the 20-16 round four result, a contest that well and truly could have gone either way.
And as is so often the case with Goannas' opponents, the focus is to not get dragged into their fast and physical style of play.
"We need to stick to what we know and not give in to their game," Bordic said.
"Our communication on the field is important and we need to be listening to our experienced players and helping each other out," Sharp added.
"If we fall behind we need to be able to lift each other up and bring each other through. We've done that a couple of times this season."
Vipers will be boosted by the return of Heidi Regan who was missing for the last clash against Panorama but will unfortunately be without playmaker Em McDonald who's missing for the grand final with an elbow injury, a blow that looks to be very costly.
"It's just a really sad loss for us," Sharp said.
"She's a really great player but she's still been coming along to games and helping us at training."
Jacky Lyden will also be front and centre for the main event and the skipper has been immense for the snakes this year... just ask her teammates. "She's one of our biggest motivators... she's just a firecracker," Bordic said.
A healthy crowd is expected to turn up to Pride Park and among those spectators are the kids of Tanya Sharp and Cass Hopping as both their daughters will be playing for Vipers in the under 14s decider against Mid-west Brumbies.
"It's wonderful... it's amazing... I love it," Sharp said.
"Watching my daughter play a couple of games before motivates me to do better," Hopping added. The finale will kick-off at 2.50pm.
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