Newcastle Rugby Union: Paasi confident Wanderers in good hands

TRY TIME: Hamilton centre and man of the match Ratu Delanimate (13) is congratulated by Laufiso Vaisegote (left) and Pete Bakarich. Pictures: Marina Neil
TRY TIME: Hamilton centre and man of the match Ratu Delanimate (13) is congratulated by Laufiso Vaisegote (left) and Pete Bakarich. Pictures: Marina Neil

OUTGOING Wanderers coach Viv Paasi would like nothing more than for his successor Darren Young to lift the first grade premiership trophy next year.

LOCAL HERO: Winger Isaac King is chaired off the ground after kicking a late penalty to snatch Merewether a 20-19 win over Wanderers in the Premier Two grand final.

LOCAL HERO: Winger Isaac King is chaired off the ground after kicking a late penalty to snatch Merewether a 20-19 win over Wanderers in the Premier Two grand final.

It’s something that has eluded Paasi. Three times he has led the Two Blues to the grand final, only to go down to Hamilton.

LIMITED OPPORTUNITIES: Wanderers centre Dillon Rowney off-loads a pass in the Two Blues' stunning 45-12 loss to Hamilton.

LIMITED OPPORTUNITIES: Wanderers centre Dillon Rowney off-loads a pass in the Two Blues' stunning 45-12 loss to Hamilton.

 “It has never been about me,” he said. “It is about these boys. I would give anything to give these guys a premiership. We had a big turn over of players last year and we were able to still make the grand final in all three grades and win the club championships. It is has been a great year.”

Paasi conceded Hamilton were “too good on the day”.

“Hamilton are the benchmark for all clubs,” he said.

“To be successful and win a premiership, you have to combat what they are doing.”

Paasi is standing down due to growing work commitments.

“I know the club is going into really good hands,” he said. “I’d love to see Darren Young leading them to a grand final win. This loss will make them hungry.”