Newcastle Rugby League: Weather's a topic of conversation for Western Suburbs' Matt Lantry and Macquarie's Adam Bettridge

WEATHER: Western Suburbs coach Matt Lantry and Macquarie mentor Adam Bettridge with the Newcastle Rugby League first grade premiership trophy. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
WEATHER: Western Suburbs coach Matt Lantry and Macquarie mentor Adam Bettridge with the Newcastle Rugby League first grade premiership trophy. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Rival coaches Matt Lantry and Adam Bettridge have talked about the weather a bit this week.

Besides the fact temperatures are expected to reach 32 degrees Celsius for Saturday’s first grade grand final, The Rugby League Academy colleagues have kept game chat to a minimum seeing as though they look after opposing sides.  

Squad secrets aside hot conditions are expected to play some part in how the 2017 Newcastle Rugby League decider unfolds between Western Suburbs and Macquarie at McDonald Jones Stadium. 

“This will be the hottest game of football we’ve played all year,” Macquarie coach Adam Bettridge said.

“Interchange rotation will become even more important now. Those boys really have a job to do.

“And when I walked on the ground the other day it had been cut extremely low for the Matildas [soccer] game [Tuesday night]. So it looks like a really quick surface and I expect some open, fast football to be played.”

Western Suburbs coach Matt Lantry backed his troops to beat the heat.  

“I don’t think too much changes, it’s how you handle it really,” Lantry said.   

“We’re welcoming the hot conditions because we believe we’re far fitter than any team in the competition and we think we can handle it.

“In saying that you still can’t make too many errors and be defending the whole time otherwise the conditions will take their toll.”

The pair have worked together since the start of the season with Lantry getting Bettridge on board after kicking off the business aimed at providing juniors of all abilities with one-on-one coaching opportunities. 

They are both set to finalise their grand final squads at training on Friday night.