Warriors take place in top four after long- overdue victory
T O W N S V I L L E W a r r i o r s have almost booked their place in the North Queensland Football premier league finals after scoring a drought breaking 2- 0 win against Saints Eagles Souths.
Battling through injury and going winless from their past seven games, Warriors again played a handful of reservegrade players in the must- win Round 17 encounter.
But Warriors pushed hard to earn the win and as a result leapfrog Burdekin into fourth.
Win again this weekend and Warriors coach Graeme Bonato believes his team will secure a finals berth.
“We’ve really been struggling with depth during the last 3- 4 weeks,” Bonato said.
“Injuries have hit us hard, including Justin Rawlins ( hamstring) and we’ve had to bring a lot of reserves through.
“Things haven’t gone to plan and we’re not in the best situation, but we got an important win.
“The way we got it was great as well, it will do us a lot of good and it puts us back into the top four because other results went our way.”
Burdekin lost to MA Olympic 3- 1 and ladder leaders Brothers thumped third placed Rebels 4- 0.
This weekend’s catch- up will see teams play the same opponent again, meaning Warriors will aim to repeat their matchwinning performance against SES and possibly go another win clear of Burdekin.
“If results repeat themselves that should guarantee us finals,” Bonato said.
“Whether we finish near the top or scrape in, I’m confident we can go a long way through finals.
“We’ve shown throughout the season that we can beat the top sides and on our day we can beat anyone.”
Rawlins could soon return to action in a positive note for Warriors, with Bonato saying the team linchpin should be back for finals. NQ PREMIER LEAGUE Brothers 4 ( Sean Howe 2, Anthony Roulston, Mick Eisenhutt) def Rebels 0
Townsville Warriors 2 ( Masi Omari 2) def Saints Eagles Souths 0
MA Olympic ( Ashley Goldfinch 2, Stephen Blackburn) def Burdekin FC 1 ( Joshua Valle)