By CAMERON SMITH
To say that winning a NEAFL premiership for Southport means everything to co-captain Andrew Boston would be a gross understatement.
A Sharks junior from the time he could basically pick up the football, Boston will have the chance to lead his side to the ultimate prize on home turf at Fankhauser Reserve when they take on competition powerhouse Sydney on Sunday.
Speaking after a dominant Preliminary Final victory over Aspley last Saturday to qualify for the season decider, Boston said the excitement was everywhere to see.
“The buzz around the football club is crazy,” he told neafl.com.au.
“Everyone’s excited and looking forward to this weekend because we have the belief that we can win it.”
Boston was 14 the last time Southport a premiership back when they were a part of the QAFL, before he was drafted to the Gold Coast SUNS and before the NEAFL began in 2011.
Now 24 and about to play in his first Grand Final at senior level, Boston said the club holds a special place in his heart.
“It’s pretty much my family. It’s my home,” he said.
“It’s a good feeling walking in, knowing we have just got into the Grand Final because this club means everything to me.
“Seeing people like Bob Langford and Alan Mackenzie, it’s just amazing how much it means to them, and how much it means to the boys.”
After Southport had a couple of disappointing seasons, Boston said the new coaching panel and having many new players were the fresh start they all needed.
“Coming into pre-season, it was fresh. Everyone was excited, so we worked hard, which has continued throughout the whole year,” he said.
“We have worked really hard and deserve to get to where we are now.”
Boston knows the job is not done though, and that it will take a team effort to beat the Swans, who dominated them by 88 points in Round 7.
“Sydney are a very good outfit, but every time we’ve lost a game, we’ve looked at it heavily, so we know what to look forward to going into the Grand Final,” he said.
“We will also look at their game against Canberra during the week and see what they did and see what we can get them on.”
The Sharks have never made a NEAFL Grand Final, so it will be a very special day for the iconic Gold Coast club, and Boston hopes there is a big turnout to potentially witness history.
“I hope we get a really good turnout. Having a home Grand Final is amazing,” he said.
“We play this ground really well, so to have the home support is going to be incredible.”
Southport takes on Sydney from 1pm on Sunday.
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