Last chance to make it a grand fi­nal berth


Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By BEN TURN­BALL

We knew if we turned up on the day we’d be right. Gin Gin’s Ash­ley Hel­more

AS THE South Kolan Sharks’ hunt for back-to-back North­ern Dis­tricts Rugby League ti­tles gains mo­men­tum, the Gin Gin Hawks pulled off one of the up­sets of the sea­son in the first round of the fi­nals at Agnes Wa­ter.

As ex­pected, South Kolan toughed out a win, 32-8 over the Mag­pies, se­cur­ing a place in the Au­gust 23 de­cider.

While the Hawks shocked the com­pe­ti­tion with a 37-22 vic­tory over Avon­dale to progress a week deeper into the play-offs.

Avon­dale might have been down on troops in the for­wards, how­ever that didn’t stop the side­line ex­perts pre­dict­ing a win to the Tigers.

With a core group of 10 play­ers who have been through the good and bad times over the past three sea­sons, Gin Gin’s Ash­ley Hel­more thought dif­fer­ently from ev­ery­one else be­fore the game.

“There was a bit of belief in the team mate,” Hel­more said.

“We knew if we turned up on the day we’d be right.”

With play­ers like Matt Card, Ben­jamin Kuskey and the Blair broth­ers, Todd and Bren­dan, among the play­ers in good form, the belief looks to be grow­ing at the Hawks.

South Kolan coach Dean Ak­ers was in two minds af­ter mak­ing it cruis­ing into the grand fi­nal, urg­ing his play­ers to im­prove on a few ar­eas of their game.

Ak­ers said the Sharks didn’t re­spect the football play­ers never took a back­ward step.

The pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal will be played in South Kolan on Sun­day be­tween Gin Gin and Miriam Vale, and the game could be one of the best this year.

Hel­more couldn’t wait for the game this week and said he ex­pects plenty of feel­ing. “Miriam Vale and Gin Gin go way back – it’s go­ing to be a bash fest,” he said.

“We are go­ing to have to step it up if we want to play in the grand fi­nal.” enough and if they want to win con­sec­u­tive ti­tles they had to im­prove in that area.

He quickly praised the ef­fort against Miriam Vale, which al­ways lifts the Sharks, by say­ing there was plenty of big col­li­sions dur­ing the match but his


IN FORM: Gin Gin Hawk Ben Kuskey in ac­tion ear­lier this sea­son.

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