Townsville Bulletin

Three teams trying for grand final glory

- TRUDY BROWN

THREE rugby union teams from Charters Towers will put their fighting spirit on show this weekend as they do battle for premiershi­p glory.

The Charters Towers Rugby Union Football Club has thrown its support behind the Under 18 boys and girls and Under 16 girls teams as they compete in the Townsville and District Rugby Union grand finals.

The Holliman’s Group Charters Towers Under 18s boys are one win away from a fairytale season.

The Towers team will face

Brothers in the grand final at Rugby Park in Townsville at midday on Saturday.

The Bulls scraped into the finals and have overcome Burdekin and the minor premiers Western Suburbs to make it to the season’s ultimate game.

“We have been short on players for most of the season,” coach Marty Cuddihy said.

“A few players have been lost to injury, and a few have been unavailabl­e here and there, so this season hasn’t been straightfo­rward. But there is a core group of committed players and we’ve built

a side around them.”

Charters Towers played a handful of games without the required 15 players earlier in the year, and will take to the grand final with a bench stocked with Under 16s recruits.

“The players have labelled their run through the back half of the competitio­n ‘the underdog season’,” Cuddihy said.

“It’s an accurate descriptio­n, but I have every confidence in our players. There’s a core group of talented, committed players whose leadership really brings the whole team together.”

Brothers finished the regular season in second position, and are big-game players.

The Bulls will have to play a strong defensive game to shut out the Brethren.

The Under 18 Bullettes are a strong and well skilled team and are confident going into their match against North Ward.

“They’ve been a strong and reliable unit for a few years now, undefeated three seasons in a row,” coach Bianca West-phillott said.

West-phillott says despite a challengin­g year for many year 12 students, multiple

commitment­s with school and work and a ‘split’ team with some living in Townsville, they trained well and put forward some excellent competitio­n.

“On the pitch they are always dominant, balanced with being consciousl­y and delightful­ly humble, building the game, the opposition players and are always respectful,” she said.

The girls’ game kicks off at 11.10am at the Hugh St grounds in Townsville.

The Under 16s Bullettes are also up against North Ward on Saturday with coach Tony Titley quietly confident.

 ??  ?? The Charters Towers Under 18 Bulls defeated Western Suburbs Dragons in the preliminar­y final in Townsville and now head into the grand final against Brothers this weekend. Picture: Trudy Brown
The Charters Towers Under 18 Bulls defeated Western Suburbs Dragons in the preliminar­y final in Townsville and now head into the grand final against Brothers this weekend. Picture: Trudy Brown

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