11/9/2014 - Orange Emus coach Andrew Logan knew his team could make the 2014 Blowes Clothing Cup grand finals

CONFIDENT: Emus' coaches Andrew Logan and Graydon Staniforth know their side is one win away from the most remarkable 12-month turnaround - last to first in a season. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 1024sgrugby1CONFIDENT: Emus’ coaches Andrew Logan and Graydon Staniforth know their side is one win away from the most remarkable 12-month turnaround – last to first in a season. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 1024sgrugby1

ORANGE Emus coach Andrew Logan has a favourite quote regarding his side’s disappointing 2013 Blowes Clothing Cup season – “I always knew we weren’t that far away”.

Even though the greens claimed the 2014 wooden spoon, with just five wins and 13 losses, Logan’s confidence his side could turn it around never wavered.

And turn it around they did.

Just a year on from the disappointing finish in 2013 Emus are just one sleep away from potentially completing the ultimate Central West Rugby Union fairytale – from last to first in one season.

The greens are just one sleep away from the big dance, the grand final against Dubbo Kangaroos, at Dubbo’s No.1 Oval.

“If you had asked me 12 months ago if I thought we’d be here, despite it sounding a bit strange I wouldn’t have ruled it out,” Logan laughed.

“We were a much better side than what the table suggested last season, I think we were just missing a few key personnel.

“We had a lot of close games, and almost made the finals. We picked up three or four guys who have given us a boost and a lot of our colts have proved themselves as first graders now, I wasn’t surprised.

“I always knew we were on the right track.

Emus qualified for the decider via a nail-biting 21-19 preliminary final victory over Orange City, courtesy of a 45-metre Nigel Staniforth penalty after full-time.

With none of the Emus’ line up having played a grand final wearing green before, suggestions of nerves playing a role in Saturday’s result are abundant.

“I don’t think nerves will kick in until much later in the week,” he laughed.

“Probably just before the game. More than anything we’re just trying to enjoy the week, it’s a fun week and often is the highlight of any footballers’ career.”

The Dubbo canteen is set to be fully stocked with coffee and tea, but if the decider is close the No.1 Oval cafeteria will be short on the latter. Emus’ coach has a strange superstition – in close games, Logan will ask someone to get him a cup of tea.

Potentially, he could be on a caffeine high come full-time on Saturday

taken from http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/story/2553356/emus-could-go-from-worst-to-first-in-one-season-video/?cs=104

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