Broadmeadow Magic lightning-quick winger Kale Bradbery, has been formidable in his side’s success this season being one of the top goal scorers in the league, helping them into the FFA Cup Round of 16, and now, into the NPL Grand Final at McDonald Jones Stadium this Saturday.
This weekend’s blockbuster affair against Edgeworth Eagles will mark Magic’s second Grand Final in three years, but the club hasn’t won a championship since 2013 and Bradbery is determined to change that.
The 24-year-old has played in two Grand Finals already and knows just how big of an occasion it will be for him and his team.
“For me personally it’s huge,” said Bradbery.
“Games like this is what you play for. The Grand Final is the biggest stage of them all so I’m buzzing for Saturday and can’t wait to get out there.
“For the club, they haven’t won a grand final since 2013, and for a club like Magic that’s classed as a long time. I’m sure all the boys will be doing our very best to win it for not only ourselves, but the supporters and all the committee members who devote their time during the year to make the club what it is.
“I’ve been on both sides of the fence – winning a first grade grand final and losing one – and there is no better feeling than winning. I hope I’ll be celebrating another win come Saturday night.”
Bradbery is no stranger to big matches. He was once a member of the Newcastle Jets squad playing in the National Youth League, however he acknowledges the enormity of this Saturday’s fixture especially the tough challenge Edgeworth bring as they enter in to their fourth straight Grand Final.
“I think my time with the Jets will help me, especially having played at McDonald’s Jones Stadium a couple of times previously in National Youth League games,” Bradbery said.
“There’s little things I learnt at the Jets that I still implement in my game now and which have become habit that have definitely helped me continue to improve.
“We have had the best attack in the league this year and I think the big ground at McDonald Jones Stadium will suit us .”
“But Edgeworth’s defence has probably been the best in the competition for the past four years and they have one of the best defenders in the league in Josh Evans so it will be tough.”
Still at such a young age, Bradbery has already achieved a great deal but he says he’s not taking any of it for granted and he’ll be dedicating every ounce of effort when he steps onto that field.
“You’re not guaranteed of playing in a Grand Final every year,” Bradbery said.
“Before the game you just have to soak it all up, enjoy every minute and try and not let the nerves get the better of you.
“You just have to give it your all. Grand Finals are usually not pretty games so it’s all about working hard for your mates and trying not to let your emotions get the better of you.
“I’m looking forward to playing at McDonald Jones Stadium. Personally, it’s something different and it will be exciting especially for some of the lads that haven’t had the chance to play there before.”
The NPL Northern NSW First Grade Grand Final match between Edgeworth Eagles and Broadmeadow Magic will kick off at 6:00pm this Saturday night at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Come for the afternoon and watch proceeding matches:
NPL 18 Years featuring Lake Macquarie City and the Emerging Jets and the NPL 20 Years featuring Maitland Magpies and Hamilton Olympic.
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