Senior Academy - Grand Final Preview

Wigan Warriors Senior Academy face a trip to the KC Stadium on Sunday to tackle Hull FC with the winners crowned Championship Grand Final winners.

The game takes place at the KC Stadium with a 2pm kick off, there will be details of the game throughout the afternoon here on the clubs website. If you want to travel to Hull to watch Adrian Lam's boys the cost of admission is £2 Adult and £1 Concession.

At the KC the lower West Stand will be open and fans should use turnstiles 23 - 26 which will open at 1pm.It will be cash purchases only as the ticket office will not be open.

The Walton Street car park will be closed due to Hull Fair. Please access the Stadium via Anlaby Road and use the South Stand car park.

Wigan finished top of the table with eleven wins from fourteen games in the regular season, Hull second so the most consistent sides through the season have made the final clash.

Wigan lost against the Airlie Birds 16-40 a couple of weeks ago in a game where the winners went straight into the Grand Final. That day Wigans resources were stretched with the first team game on the same day and the likes of Sean Gleeson and Chris Ashton on duty at Huddersfield.

With a stronger squad last weekend Wigan overcame Bradford at Orrell 32-26 to book their place in the Grand Final.

Despite finishing top of the table Wigan are forced to travel for the Final. Due to RFL bylaws the minor premiers can only stage the game at the first team's home ground and unfortunately the JJB Stadium is being used on Sunday for the Latic's clash against Bolton so home advantage has therefore had to be forfeited.

In the meetings between the pair in the regular season Wigan beat Hull 28-16 at Edge Hall Road back in April but lost out on the east coast 36-0 in mid-August. The Warriors will be without the suspended Eamon O'Carroll who was unlucky to receive a one match ban from the last meeting between the pair a fortnight ago.

The Wigan squad looks particularly strong with seven of the starting line up having first team experience to some degree in 2005. The Warriors eighteen man squad for the clash is:-

Chris Ashton, Andrew Ballard, Sean Gleeson, Liam Colbon, Desi Williams, James Coyle, Steven Roper, Simon Bissell, Bob Beswick, Lee Jewitt, Gary Sykes, Joel Tomkins, Danny Speakman, Martin Kenyon, Ben Kavanagh, Mike McIlorum, Thomas Coyle, Mark Brocklehurst.

Meanwhile the Junior Academy will find out this weekend who they will face and where in their Grand Final as Widnes play Leeds in a Final Eliminator.

Click here to listen to Adrian Lam's thoughts ahead of the game.

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