Rivals ready for showdown
A NEW passage in Gladstone rugby league's fiercest rivalry will be written when Brothers clash with Wallabys in a repeat of last season's grand final on Sunday at Marley Brown Oval.
Gladstone and District Rugby League President Glenn Butcher said he was expecting a crowd of more than 1500 for what promises to be an engrossing final.
“They've got a pretty historic rivalry going on there with hard fought finals over the last five or six years, so we're expecting a pretty awesome game,” he said.
“Wallabys have had the dominance in the finals particularly in the last three or four years, but Brothers have over the last year come back and won a Challenge Cup final.”
Brothers coach Mark Graham said there was a feeling of excitement intermingled with expectation ahead of the Wallabys encounter.
“We've played them four times this year and they've all been very close games. I'm sure this will be no exception to the rule,” he said.
“Wallabys are a very hard side, they play tough footy and we know it's going to go right down to the wire.”
Defending champions Wallabys came through their preliminary final clash with Tannum unscathed and are feeling positive ahead of the decider.
“We're concentrating on ourselves rather than them and we're quietly confident with what we're doing and how the week's panned out,” coach Danny McAllister said.
“We really enjoy playing Brothers and I'm sure they enjoy playing us as well, it's a really good rivalry and we are looking forward to the contest.
“I'm just very pleased and proud to be part of the Wallabys because they're a bunch of guys that stick by each other and they work hard for one another.”
Valleys play Brothers in the under-20 final, Wallabys take on Brothers in reserves with A-grade kicking off at 3pm.