Shute Shield: It’s mate against mate as Gordon and Warringah prepare for epic battle

By MARK CASHMAN

Gordon coach Darren Coleman knows a little bit about revving up a big game like their encounter against the Warringah Rats on Saturday.

Three seasons in charge of the Rats meant that he was knee deep in the twice annual northern beaches derby that has always seen a few hand grenades thrown into the opposition camp in game week.

This week it has been a bit harder with the obvious friendship that ‘DC’ has with Rats boss Mike Ruthven, forged from their time together down at Pittwater Rugby Park.

But still he managed to throw in a couple of rev ups and leg pulls in the hours before kickoff.

“There is always extra spice when you take on your old club and colleagues,” Coleman said.