A grand fi­nal that’s been 31 years in the mak­ing

The last time the two foes met in a grand fi­nal it was de­cided in the fi­nal sec­onds, now Gayn­dah and Mun­dub­bera are set for the show­down of the sea­son

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

GAYN­DAH PLAY­ERS TO WATCH:

Blake Popp is a hard-run­ning full­back who con­sis­tently joins the back line very ef­fec­tively. His abil­ity to at­tack is only equalled by his strong de­fen­sive record.

Ben Kenny is a young dy­namic player. His free-run­ning style could take the Tigers by sur­prise. His abil­ity to read the play

al­ways seems to put Kenny in the right place at the right time.

Mat Dent’s abil­ity to run onto the ball from set plays and to back up his team­mates sets him apart. His tackle count is al­ways there at the top.

MUN­DUB­BERA PLAY­ERS TO FEAR:

Dan Au­gus­tine is a lo­cal who grow up in Mun­dub­bera. He is as big as

a front rower and runs like a winger. Hard-hit­ting, he will come back no mat­ter what you hit him with.

Danyan Van Merlo is prob­a­bly the Tigers’ best player this year. He will never give an inch. The strength of his run­ning in open play makes him one of the hard­est play­ers to tackle in the league.

Ken­iti Fil­iai is the nicest guy you would ever want to meet, un­less he is your op­po­site num­ber on a foot­ball field. Hard tack­les are what Fil­iai has for break­fast and he runs with his head and knees high. There will not be a bet­ter player on the field Satur­day af­ter­noon and if there is, he will be man of the match.

9

Bert Bee­z­ley (cap­tain coach). 30yo. Di­rects play and has the team per­form­ing at their best while he is on the field.

13

Ja­cob Kimber, 23. Back to good form at right end of the sea­son. Found open­ings out wide in the last few games.

3

Ken­iti Si­u­taka Fil­iai (Tucka), 28. Hard run­ning cen­tre hav­ing his third sea­son with the Tigers. Has been good all sea­son.

12

Paulino Ta­ufa, 26. Played for Bund­aberg Broth­ers and Bund­aberg rep side last year. Gets through a load of work.

6

Dwinelle Luani (Nay), 30. 2009 Tigers player of the year. One of the best de­fend­ing and at­tack­ing play­ers in the comp.

8

Troy Kimber, 25. Man­ager of the team who has played most of the sea­son and stepped aside to let other play­ers have a game.

10

Josh Al­lan, 22. Only played oc­ca­sional game prior to this sea­son. Has sur­prised many with his per­for­mances.

20

Greg Cross, 23. Came into the side late in the sea­son. Can hit hard and have some dam­ag­ing rucks while com­ing off the bench.

1

Ben Al­lan, 23. Lo­cal lad played most of his foot­ball at board­ing school in Rock­hamp­ton. Safe full­back who has starred this year.

2

Neil Reinke, 36. Has been one of the best wingers in the com­pe­ti­tion and al­ways gives a 100%. An in­spi­ra­tion to the younger play­ers.

15

Dan Van Merlo, 20. Played for Bund­aberg East and made the Bund­aberg rep side last year. Big mo­bile for­ward.

7

Jack Com­boWest, 18. Brumbies ju­nior solid in de­fence, di­rects play around the ruck and al­ways backs up in sup­port.

14

Fred­win Barsah, 19. Hav­ing his first sea­son with the Tigers. Missed a few games but was im­pres­sive at the start of the sea­son.

17

Bran­don Ford, 21. Brumby ju­nior hav­ing his third sea­son for the Tigers. Gets through plenty of de­fence when needed.

4

Hugh Tully, 28. Had a in­jury in the first game of the sea­son and missed a few games. Ex union player who likes bro­ken play.

11

Dan Au­gus­tine, 19. Brumbies ju­nior. Played for Queens­land un­der 18s. Re­turned home af­ter years in Bris­bane.

21

Nas­inu Fi­fita (Ninu), 36. Old war horse hav­ing his best of six sea­sons for the Tigers. Big hard run­ning front rower.

19

Bai­ley Lins­ket, 17. Brumby ju­nior. Had to miss half the sea­son as he wasn’t old enough to play A Grade. Now fir­ing.

16

Matty Chap­man, 25. Pound for pound one of the tough­est play­ers in the comp. Comes off the bench and runs hard.

5

Famooni Ta­ufa (Ofa), 25. Hav­ing his sec­ond year for the Tigers. Safe winger with plenty of speed.

1

Blake Popp, 19 years. Fit, in-form full­back.

6

Jeff Shad­ford, 35 years. Vice-cap­tain, mas­ter of play.

11

Sam Op­per­mann, 18 years. Good de­fen­sive player, played ev­ery game.

16

Damien Ge­orge, 30 years. Elu­sive back.

21

Damien Carter, 44 years. Fit ex­pe­ri­enced for­ward.

2

Daniel Brad­ford, 27 years. Fast re­li­able winger.

7

Josh Robert­son, 17 years. Con­fi­dent half­back.

12

Ben Ber­rie, 23 years. Tough sec­ond rower.

17

Craig Robert­son, 44 years. Re­li­able, con­sis­tent for­ward.

22

3

Jef­frey Kenny, 23 years. De­fen­sive cen­tre.

8

Trent Ber­rie, 20 years. Re­li­able front-rower.

13

Shane Mor­gan, 21 years. Iron Man of team, played ev­ery game.

18

Matthew Dent, 25 years. Su­per Sub.

Alex Evans, 45 years. Ex­pe­ri­enced, knowl­edge­able back.

4

Ben Kenny, 17 years. Ath­letic try scorer.

9

Jay­bin Pearce, 20 years. Cap­tain, direc­tor of play, played ev­ery game.

14

Bran­don Sel­lars, 20 years. Keen young for­ward.

19

Lin­den Ge­orge, 23 years. Re­serve tough sec­ond rower.

23

Nick Ost­wald, 22 years. Hard, gutsy player.

5

Michael Medew, 18 years. Gutsy winger.

10

CamWil­lis, 29 years. In­spi­ra­tional for­ward.

15

Ja­son Hunter, 39 years. Ex­pe­ri­enced tough player.

20

Gary Popp, 42 years. Tough, hard­work­ing for­ward.

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