Wallabys for grand final
By AARON KELLY
REIGNING premiers Wallabys secured a spot in this weekend's CQ Extended League grand final with a thrilling 20-19 extra-time victory over arch-rivals Gladstone Brothers at Gladstone's Marley Brown Oval yesterday.
With scores locked 18-all at fulltime, Gladstone Brothers playmaker Clint Docherty landed what looked like a match-winning field goal in the second half of extra-time.
However, Wallabys superboot Ron Craig nailed a long-range penalty in the dying moments to book a grand final re-match with minor premiers, the CQU Norths Chargers.
In a hard-hitting preliminary final showdown, both sides threw everything at their opponents.
One keen spectator happy with the physical nature of the clash was CQU Norths coach Darryl Horstman.
"It was a hard hit-out for both sides,'' Horstman said. "There will be some tired boys hopefully this weekend.''
But Horstman was adamant Wallabys would continue their "nothing to lose'' approach in Saturday night's decider, despite his side thrashing Wallabys 64-6 just one week ago.
"If we don't play up to our standards Wallabys will hurt us, they just keep on coming,'' Horstman said.
Grand finals (September 10) ? 4pm Yeppoon v Rockhampton Brothers (Under 19), 5.30pm Fitzroy-Gracemere v Wallabys (Reserve Grade), 7pm CQU Norths Chargers v Wallabys (A Grade).