Former Cowboys player confident team can win
RUGBY LEAGUE: Sarina's Glen Murphy was in the North Queensland Cowboys' first squad 20 years ago.
So it's no wonder he's excited and nervous about Sunday's National Rugby League grand final.
Murphy was involved with the team when they made their first and only grand final in 2005 against Wests Tigers, which they lost 30-16.
"This time though there seems to be a bit more air of confidence around the town," Murphy said.
"I'm quietly confident myself that we will bring home the big one."
The 52-game player said the difference in the Cowboys this year was their offence.
"I really think our attack has come a long way," Murphy said.
"I think in the two runs they've had in the last two weeks they've been fantastic."
Murphy said former Mackay Cutters premiership player Michael Morgan was a vital cog in the team.
He said he would be better prepared after two big finals in the last fortnight. "He was a bit rusty in the Broncos game but if things went our way it could have been a different result," Murphy said.
Murphy, who owns a convenience store in Townsville, said making the grand final was huge for north Queensland.
"It's just a buzz here at the moment," he said.
"Everyone is getting behind them, there's shops done up, I've seen people's houses being painted."
Murphy weighed into the extreme increase in flight prices for people trying to get to the game in Sydney.
"The airlines are the ones that aren't coming to the party for north Queensland," he said.
"The club is doing the best that they can but there's only so much they can do.
"I was reading that people are driving down and some are going via Auckland to get there."
Murphy said the vibe around the club this week would be "chaos".
"The coach, the staff and the management there would have to do their best to keep a lid on things," he said. "I was out there the other day seeing how everyone was going, and everyone out there is on edge."
The Sarina-product said 12 points would be a good margin for the Cowboys.
"One would be good enough, but as long as we bring it home, I don't care," he said.
Murphy will fly down to the game on Sunday.
Pick up tomorrow's Daily Mercury for a four-page preview of the NRL Grand Final and a poster of Mackay's supporters.
The NRL grand final begins at 6.15pm.
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