Kenthurst and West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook square off in football final

Scoring threat: Kenthurst forward Paul Knipler is a two time golden boot winner.

Scoring threat: Kenthurst forward Paul Knipler is a two time golden boot winner.

Kenthurst and Districts Soccer Club take on West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook Football Club in the first grade grand final this weekend.

The Gladesville Hornsby Football Association grand final will kick off on at 5pm this Saturday at Christie Park.

The beauty of local association football is the rivalries built up over time and the one between Kenthurst and West Pennant Hills is no a good example.

West Pennant Hills have been the dominant club in the association over time but Kenthurst have won the minor premiership a number of times in recent years.

Their fixtures are always tough, physical matches with no quarter given and non expected, and this weekend the pressure of a grand final will be added to that mix.

West Pennant Hills captain, Patrick Martins believes the game will be a tough one for his side.

‘‘It’s going to by physical and a very hard match. They are a quality side,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve had good games the two times we’ve played but they’ve come up on top. But anything can happen on grand final day.’’

Kenthurst coach Sean McGuinness agrees the match is going to be tough and despite finishing above them on the table believes West Pennant Hill’s relative youth will spice this match up.

‘‘They are a lot younger than us as we are a bit of an older side,’’ he said.

‘‘They always give us a good run for our money and have some good players so it’ll be pretty even.

‘‘The only advantage we have might be some extra experience. Every time they’ve plays us it’s been hard and they probably deserved to win the first match this year.’’

Martin left a hint of ‘‘what if’’ in the air regarding the West Pennant Hills season, with injuries curtailing a stronger league finish.

‘‘We had a good start to the season with a full squad but suffered due to injury in the middle before picking up momentum to finish third,’’ Martin said.

McGuinness was happy his club took out the minor premiership yet again.

‘‘We’ve gone really well, it’s the third year in a row we’ve won the premiership,’’ McGuinness said.

‘‘Reserve grade has won the premiership as well but we are looking out for younger players to come through the ranks to help keep that going forward.’’

"Most of our first grade are local Kenthurst juniors." 

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