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Snub not praise to motivate Titans

By Laine Clark 09/09/2009 09:19:44 PM Comments (0)

Amid all the backslapping on the Gold Coast, the Titans are set to use a notable snub as motivation for their maiden NRL finals campaign.

Room is fast running out on the Titans bandwagon.

First Queensland Premier Anna Bligh rocked up to Gold Coast training on Wednesday morning in a Titans jersey.

A bold call considering the Gold Coast plays another Queensland team - the Broncos - at Skilled Park on Saturday night.

It was a hard act to follow.

But the man Queensland league fans love to hate - Phil Gould - did his best by proclaiming the Titans "the best addition to the NRL that we could ever hope for".

Indeed it's hard to find a bad word about the Gold Coast team on a tourist strip that has been transformed into "Titans Town".

Houses and businesses are draped in all things Titans.

Dogs are wearing Gold Coast jerseys.

Locals can sink their teeth into "Searle's Sausages" and "Bull Bailey Balls" - delicacies sold at a local butcher named after Titans boss Michael Searle and co-captain Luke Bailey, by the way.

While chuffed by the support, Titans assistant coach Trevor Gillmeister hinted that it would be negative press that may prove the difference in their first crack at finals footy.

They have long been abandoned by punters - the third-placed Titans ($2.50) aren't even favourites for their home final against No.6-ranked outfit the Broncos ($1.50).

But Gillmeister said he was looking to use a copy of a recent Sydney newspaper poll, in which no tipsters backed the Titans to make an impact in the finals, as motivation.

"I hope the players get something out of it, it worked for me," Gillmeister said on the Gold Coast on Wednesday.

"In 1992 we (Broncos) made the semis and there was an article in a Brisbane paper that said we couldn't win the grand final because our backrow was too small - me, Alan Cann and Terry Matterson.

"So I cut it out, stuck it on the door and every time I ran out I would give it a punch, make a couple of holes in the door as I left - it was something that worked for me.

"It was about proving people wrong."

History shows the Broncos went on to claim their maiden premiership in 1992 - and backed it up the next year.

Gillmeister is clearly hoping the Titans can also leave eggs on faces despite their 38-4 thumping by Manly at Brookvale last week.

"We probably had a hiccup last week but we have been grinding away before then and I think the players realise that finals football is a grinding game," Gillmeister said.

Legendary former Blues coach Gould - a guest at a Titans luncheon on Wednesday - couldn't hide his admiration for the Gold Coast club.

"Apart from the Broncos this is the best addition to the NRL competition that we could ever hope for," he said.

"I can remember when the Gold Coast re-entering the competition was nothing more than a pipe dream of a couple of people.

"Really to be where they are today, with a home semi-final, to have finished in third position after just three years back in the league, it is an outstanding achievement."

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