By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
DEFENDING premiers Wallabys have the hopes of Gladstone rugby league on their shoulders when they meet CQU Norths Chargers in the CQ Extended League A grade grand final at Browne Park tonight.
Wallabys go into the decider as huge underdogs against a Comets-laden CQU Norths side who have taken the league by storm in 2005.
Coach Aaron Farrar is happy to have the underdog tag and believes his side are ready to rise to the occasion.
"We are the rank underdogs, but that's OK in our book,'' Farrar said. "All the boys are looking forward to the challenge of meeting them with it all on the line.''
The decider offers Wallabys a chance for redemption after their humiliating 646 thumping at the hands of the Chargers a fortnight ago.
Farrar labelled that performance as 'embarrassing' and promised that kind of display won't occur tonight.
"We were very ordinary that night and I promise Norths they won't get it that easy this time around.
"It is a grand final and there will be no problems with our attitude on Saturday night,'' he said.
Farrar believes Wallabys need a good start if they want to be in the match in the final 20 minutes.
"Our focus is starting well. If we can be even after the first 20 minutes, I am confident the boys will grow another leg during the match.
"If we are in the game with 20 to go, then I think we have the talent and heart to win,'' he said.
It promises to be a big day for Wallabys with their reserve grade team taking on Fitzroy-Gracemere in the reserve grade decider.
Wallabys are sure to be primed for the decider after defeating Rockhampton Brothers in an extra-time classic to stay alive last Sunday. There is a supporters bus going up to Browne Park for tonight's game which is leaving the Rocky Glen at 2.30pm. Phone Glenn on 0429 729 539 to book your spot.
An ode to the Wallabys reserve grade team by Claire Williams can be found on page 22.