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And then there were two. Two teams left to contest the Lion Red Fox Memorial on Sunday at Mt Smart Stadium No 2. The Mt Albert lions, fresh from their weekend off, and the Papakura Sea Eagles, hot off their win over the Northcote Tigers last weekend.
Tomorrow will be a very long day for all involved with these two teams. A very light training run perhaps, but mostly a lot of time to focus on the task ahead. Some have been there and done it, some have been there and failed, for some, it?s their first shot at a Fox. The nerves will really kick in on Sunday morning. For many, this will be the biggest day in their Rugby League career. They have played their hearts out all year for it, and suddenly, the final contest is upon them.
It is difficult to describe the emotions when your team wins this proud old trophy. Just to hold the Fox is an incredible feeling, while you read the Clubs (some don?t exist anymore) that have won the final contest. Grown men cry when it is won - this, I know. Even more do when it is lost.
So who will win on Sunday. To be honest, statistically, the Lions should take it out?problem is, stats go out the window on Fox Final day. Papakura have as much chance as Mt Albert. All of that adds to the occasion.
Whatever happens, good luck to both teams, you have done the work, and you truly deserve to be there on Sunday.
It will be a huge day at Mt Smart. Phelan Shield GF, Sharman Cup GF, as well as the big one.
Good luck to everyone involved.
11.15am: Phelan Shield Grand Final
PAKURANGA JAGUARS V HIBISCUS COAST RAIDERS
1.05pm:SAS Sharman Cup Grand Final
MANUREWA MARLINS V HOWICK HORNETS
3.05pm: Lion Red Fox Memorial Grand Final
MT ALBERT LIONS V PAPAKURA SEA EAGLES
GATES OPEN: 10.30AM
ENTRY AVAILABLE FROM BEASLEY AVE & O'ROURKE ROAD GATE ENTRANCES Ground Admission: Adults: $5.00? U/16: $2.00? U/5: Free Family Pass - 2 Adults & 4 Children - $15.00 Car parking: $2.00 per car
FREE KIDS ENTERTAINMENT?AREA with Ferris Wheel, Bouncy Castle & Face Painting
SPECIAL GUESTS AND PLENTY OF ENTERTAINMENT