Teams fire up for finals fight

GLADSTONE league teams aren't slowing down as the season hits the downhill slope.

This weekend, there are several games in the region.

Calliope Roosters secretary Peter Masters said the Roosters would be going full tilt and he expected the Tannum Sands side to have a fair dinkum dip as well.

“The local sides are still vying for spots in the finals, so there'll be no letting up,” Masters said.

Wallabys play Biloela at 4pm in the reserves, with the A grade kicking off at 5.30pm.

The Roosters take to the field against Tannum at 7pm, and Masters expects a reasonable crowd to show up to support the local team.

“We've had a couple of close games lately and improved,” Masters said.

The Roosters will be out for a win, as the jostling for positions in the local finals continued.

Alex Busby is in career-best form and has fully recovered from the injury earlier this year.

“He's playing the best footy I've seen,” Masters said.

Jamie Ellerton has had a cracking season, forcing his way off the bench to start in the front row and along with Shane Hanson, the Roosters have been able to ride on their backs.

In other matches, Valleys play CQU Norths tonight at Marley Brown Oval.

Valleys coach Mark McManus said he hoped to get a full side on the park for the game.

“It's been a hassle not just for us, but other teams are struggling for numbers at this time of the year,” McManus said.

“We'll definitely be competitive if we can get our best side on the ground.”

Robbie Williams, Shannon Chynoweth, Joey Hayward and Dave Connelly have been the backbone of the side this season, McManus said, and would again be key players.

The under-20s start at 3pm, reserves at 4.30pm and the main game at 6 o'clock tonight.

Gladstone Brothers travel to Browne Park tomorrow to take on Fitzroy/Gracemere.



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