Two Calliope teams in league final
THEY might be underdogs but they are champing to get off the leash on Saturday.
Calliope Roosters' under-15s and 16s teams are in the grand final and will take on Valleys and Brothers respectively.
Calliope Roosters Junior Rugby League president Dave Bowen said there was a buzz around the club as it looked forward to what could be its first junior premiership win since 1993.
“It's a real big thing for the club and we're hoping for plenty of local support on Saturday,” Bowen said.
Under-16s coach Rodney Dahl said his players were looking forward to the challenge.
“We're definitely the underdogs, but if we can play our game plan and have our completion rate there on the back end of a good kick, I think we'll be in it,” he said.
Last time the teams met the game was decided by a field goal in extra time.
“The feeling has been awesome around the place and the boys are quietly confident,” Dahl said.
Under-15s coach Neil Fry said his team had whittled away at Valleys' dominance over them as the season had progressed and his players were within striking distance of their opponents.
“Valleys have played together for years and it's been about three years since they've lost a game,” Fry said.
“We're quietly confident. We're close enough to them if we're good enough.” Maintaining intensity would be the key to victory on Saturday, Fry said.
“We've proved we can get the jump on them.
“We just have to get it and stay in front,” he said.