Easts need "professional" approach with two key men missing

MINOR premiers Easts will test their depth in today's grand final at Raceview.

Easts have lost goalkeeper Andrew Woodford (shoulder dislocation) and David Llewelyn (work commitments).

However, that gives Thom Millar and goalkeeper Patrick Collingwood a chance to show their talents in the grand final.

Lachlan Brown also returns at the right time for the Tigers.

First-year Easts coach Darren Manson was disappointed to lose Llewelyn and Woodford but expected another thrilling clash like the recent major semi-final when Norths won 2-1 in extra-time.

"I still like to rotate everyone in extra time too," he said. "It's really about which boys are feeling the best after 70 minutes."

Before last season, Easts had won four A-grade premierships in a row. This season, they were minor premiers, mid-season trophy winners and shared the intercity title.

Ipswich hockey journeyman Manson has been involved in a number of grand finals and Brisbane sides as a player and coach.

"It's been a little bit different for me because I'm not playing in it, probably the first time in a long time," he said.

"It's more of an organisation role for me this year and just making sure we've got a good game plan in place."

He rates this season's Tigers squad one of the best he has worked with.

"In terms of general enthusiasm, the guys are always very keen to play.

"The boys are ready. All our guys are pretty professional."

Before coaching in the A-grade showdown at 6pm, Manson will line up for Easts in the Reserve grade clash against Hancock Brothers at 2.30pm.

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