HANDS ON THE PRIZE: Steven Ball, Cassius Paitai and Barry Ria are pumped for Saturday night's season opener against Frenchville.
HANDS ON THE PRIZE: Steven Ball, Cassius Paitai and Barry Ria are pumped for Saturday night's season opener against Frenchville. NICK KOSSATCH

Goats and Frenchville clash in grand final re-match

MARLEY BROWN Oval will come alive with Saturday night's grand final re-match between reigning Central Queensland Rugby Union Gladstone Rugby Union Football Club Goats and Frenchville Pioneers.

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The round one clash promises to be a blockbuster as the visiting Frenchville side attempt to erase memories of an undefeated season last year before a collapse on the biggest day.

The club has had a solid preseason, but the Pioneers knocked its arch-rival out from the preseason competition recently in the semi-final.

Club president and A grade premiership player Steven Ball the addition of new players will add depth to the team.

"New player Tomas Wright will play reserves and Isaac Wilson in A grade," Ball said.

"Frenchville sort of play with their big boys up front and crash the ball and create out space for their wingers who are some of the quickest guys in the competition." Emerging Cassius Paitai is aiming to cement a spot in the A grade team, but said he is also keen to help out the reserves.

"We got knocked out in the semi's last season and keen to win the flag in the reserves as well," he said. Newly-appointed Goats coach Bernie Tamakehu said he will bring in fresh ideas to keep the team prepared for the challenges that lay ahead as defending premiers.

"We'll be in the top four for sure and I will bring in different coaching ideas and avenues," Tamakehu said.

The mentor has an impressive coaching CV and moved to Gladstone from Adelaide three years ago for employment reasons. "It will be an entertaining game against Frenchville," Tamakehu said.

GAME DAY

Gladstone Rugby Football Club Goats v Frenchville

When: Saturday

A grade time: 6pm

Reserves time: 4.30pm

Where: Marley Brown Oval



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