RoostersTV | Eloni Vunakece
The Wyong Roos kick off their Finals campaign on Saturday afternoon when they take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs as a part of the all grades triple header at Allianz Stadium.
Before the first big game commences, NSW ISP forward of the year Eloni Vunakece dropped by to speak to RoostersTV and give his thoughts on what's to come for the remainder of the season.
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The Roos have had a remarkable season in 2017, stacking wins on the board in the face of adversity and doing it with skill, precision and a lot of the time against the odds.
When asked about their secret to success, Vunakece was adament it's just having good energy.
"There's an energy around our core group," he said.
"We have had players come in and out, but everyone that's come in around that core group has bought into our system," he added.
Another man to receive recognition for the Roos excelent regular season was head coach Rip Taylor, picking up the Coach Of The Year in the NSW ISP for leading his side to victory consistently.
Eloni knows why Rip is the man for the job and it's for more than one reason.
"Once you get to know him he's actually a legend.
"He's one of the best coaches that I've come across.
"He get's classed as 'old school' at times, he's very intense on game day, but you need that."
Not afraid to praise his teammates for their efforts, Eloni was quick to shrug off suggestion that he has been a large contributor to his side's success.
He was voted in the NSW ISP Team Of The Year this week and was honoured to receive selection, but there is undoubtedly a bigger picture in mind.
"That's cool and all, but we've got bigger things to do here.
"I've lost a couple of grand finals in my time, one with the Tigers in 2009 and one a couple of years ago with Wyong.
"I've got a bigger picture that I'm chasing, I really want to get that cup and raise it high."