While the Panthers will be on the prowl for a three-peat, the Broncos will be playing to end a 17-year premiership drought on Sunday.
Brisbane haven’t appeared in a decider since 2015, but they are finally back in a Grand Final looking to spoil Penrith’s party.
Reece Walsh said the support has been unbelievable ahead of the ‘big dance’ this weekend.
“We’ve got one more job to do, so really keen and excited to get out there and step on the big stage. These are the games you want to be a part of,” he said.
“To see the team that we are this year and have been for a couple of years, we’ve taken some good steps in the right direction.”
At a press conference this week, Walsh said he doesn’t fear the Panthers or playing in enemy territory.
“We’re going to give them the respect that they’ve earned but we’re going to go out there and play our brand of footy,” he said.
“I’m just going to focus on my job and put my best foot forward on Sunday.”
After losing to the Panthers by two points in 2021, former Rabbitohs half Adam Reynolds is looking for redemption.
“It excites me that I’m here again and I get another chance to do it,” he said.
“I was at Souths my whole life and I knew nothing different, so it’s not until you step out of an organisation and find another one that you realise what’s on the other side. I thought South Sydney was it for me, but I’m grateful for the opportunity that I’ve been given by the club in Brisbane, and l’ve fallen deeply in love with the club.”
Kotoni Staggs will hit the 100-game milestone in Sunday’s Grand Final.
He said he always dreamed of playing for the the club growing up, and wants to stay there long-term.
“I only dreamed of playing one game, so to get 100 is something I never thought I’d get to do,” Staggs said.
“And to do it with the club that I love, I’m so grateful. I love Brisbane.”
As someone who has watched the team go from the wooden spoon to premiership contenders, Staggs said coach Kevin Walters has transformed the club over the last few years.
But after last week’s win over the Warriors, Walters said reaching the Grand Final is a great achievement for the club. He said the staff and players are planning this week to ensure they give another great performance on Sunday.
“We’ve got to be great next week,” he said.
“It’s a privilege to be involved in Grand Final Week.”
Formerly with the ABC, Makayla is a graduate of Western Sydney University. She covers a variety of news topics for the Weekender, including courts.