Cousin connection boosts Wallaroos
THE Maryborough Wallaroos reserve grade side has a secret weapon - a cousin connection.
Dalton Harry, Bayden Bollinger and Tyson Wroe have enjoyed a great season playing in the blue and white.
And now, with their team just one win away from the grand final, the contributions of the three cousins to the Maryborough side means more than ever.
Their coach Adam Churchward said the three had played well for the team all year.
Harry is only 17 but has been one of the team's most versatile players.
"He is an exceptional player - he can play anywhere," Churchward said.
It is Wroe's first year playing league and Churchward said already he could see the makings of a top player.
"He is going great out in centres," Churchward said.
"He does everything you ask."
And, as for Bollinger, Churchward said he was one of the team's most improved players this year.
"He is coming along in leaps and bounds," he said of the second rower.
The team won a tight clash against East Magpies at the weekend to advance to Saturday's major semi-final.
While the Wallaroos led for much of the match, the Magpies went ahead for a short time with about 20 minutes remaining, with the score at 24-20.
The Wallaroos launched a spirited fight back, however, with Mitch Meyers crashing over to take back the lead for the Wallaroos.
Daniel Poppi then scored to secure the match for the Wallaroos and take the final score to 30-24.
The team will do battle with the Hervey Bay Seagulls in what is sure to be an exciting clash to see which local side will represent the Fraser Coast in the reserve grade grand final.
Awaiting the winner of the clash are Bundaberg Brothers, who defeated the Seagulls in the other semi-final on Sunday.