Fourth GF is Finucane’s moment
Dale Finucane has been here before, three times in fact.
Each time he has been on the wrong side of history but Sunday night presents him with an opportunity to put all of that behind him.
The 26-year-old is preparing to play his fourth Grand Final in six years.
That seems fitting given Finucane’s game is seemingly built to play on this very stage.
Tough, uncompromising and relentless, he is a vital part of this Storm pack that has been the cornerstone of the Club’s consistency throughout the season.
Finucane will be front and centre in the premiership decider against the Cowboys and would not dare have it any other way.
This is his chance but he knows better than most that it will not be handed to him
“I think the fact that I have played in three does not make me any more deserving to win a Grand Final because I’ve lost those other three, Finucane said.
“I was lucky to be involved in my very first year, I debuted midway through 2012 and we went on a run at the Dogs and actually played Melbourne Storm in that Grand Final.
“I have been lucky enough to be involved in three before this one. It all comes down to the performance that our team puts in on the weekend.”
Finucane will stand opposite Jason Taumalolo on Sunday, a man many consider to hold the key to the contest.
The Kiwi enforcer would have been the focus of many a team meeting this week however Stopping a man who has averaged 210 metres per game this year may be easier said than done.
“It will take a big effort from our forward pack,” Finucane said.
“They’ve got a lot of strike across the field and he is probably their main go-forward guy. He has been really impressive throughout the finals series and for the whole year as well.”