On the road to glory
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THREE successive wins leading into this weekend's clash with Fitzroy-Gracemere has Wallabys primed to launch an all-out bid to retain their CQ Extended League A grade premiership flag.
The side has shown glimpses of its top form during the past two rounds with fighting victories over Gladstone Brothers and Rockhampton Brothers.
Although the reigning premiers suffered bad lapses in both games, during which their opponents were able to pile on three quick tries, coach Aaron Farrar's troops look ready to hit a new peak right when it's needed.
Wallabys' forwards are looking ominous with Farrar and Matt Rogers powerful up front with solid backing from Ray Kaestner and Daniel Kerr while back-rowers Daniel Beahan, Dan Gourley and Adam Hamilton have all hit a purple patch of form.
Fullback Ron Craig is also showing some of his best form this season while centres Chris Butler and Graham Warde can match it with any pairing in the competition.
Another good sign from Sunday's victory over Rockhampton Brothers were two tries orchestrated by halfback Garry Brown, kicking through for Gourley to score the first and again combining with Gourley for Brown to cross for the second.
Speaking after the game on Sunday, Beahan said confidence within the side was at a high, helping lift them out of difficult situations as well as capitalise when the going was good.
While gearing up for their Extended League tilt, Wallabys must first get past a tricky GDRL semi-final clash with in-form Biloela on the August 6-7 weekend.
Wallabys qualified in second spot for the local finals series, with Gladstone Brothers taking the minor premiership on points for and against after both finished locked on 14 points.
Competition reverts to two weeks of local finals after this weekend before returning for a three-round Extended League finals series.