Lyn Tucker will line-up for Uniteds in their do-or-die preliminary final against Granville Rovers on Saturday.
Lyn Tucker will line-up for Uniteds in their do-or-die preliminary final against Granville Rovers on Saturday.

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Maryborough and District hockey competition

Women's preliminary final: Granville Rovers v Uniteds, Saturday 4pm at Maryborough hockey complex

Men's preliminary final: Brothers v Cooloola, Saturday 5.30pm at Maryborough hockey complex

The first week of the finals is in the books and it ended with a wild finish.

Cooloola ended Wallaroos season following a last-minute winner last week.

Can the Gympie side produce another thrilling victory against Brothers tomorrow?

Brothers have been the surprise packets in the men's competition this year, yet must win to avoid bowing out of the finals and get the right play Granville Tigers in the grand final.

In the women's competition, Granville Rovers will try to learn from the one they let slip away when it faces a red-hot Uniteds side in the preliminary final.

The minor premiers looked headed for a grand final berth after leading 3-1 last week, before the Wallaroos stage a remarkable fight back to book their spot in the title match with a 6-3 victory.

Uniteds advanced to the preliminary final courtesy of a 4-1 upset win over Tinana last week.

Bundaberg Rugby League

Preliminary final: Hervey Bay v Easts Magpies, Saturday 7pm at Salter Oval

There are no more second chances for Hervey Bay.

A win against Easts Magpies tomorrow night and they advance to the Bundaberg Rugby League grand final to play Brothers.

But a loss and they can kiss their season goodbye.

We only have to go back a fortnight to when these two teams last met.

On that day, the Seagulls scraped home to win 24-18, but a lot has changed since then.

It looked like the Magpies wanted nothing more in last week's semi-final than a rematch with the Seagulls.

Easts came out and dismantled Isis to get what they wanted, while the Seagulls were no match for Brothers.

Fraser Coast League

Preliminary final: United Warriors v Columbia, Saturday 6pm Federation Park, Maryborough

United Warriors went through the regular season without losing a match.

But when a spot in the Fraser Coast League grand final was up for grabs, the Warriors couldn't deliver the goods, going down 3-0 to Doon Villa.

Is this the beginning of the end for the Warriors or just a glitch in their championship plans?

Tomorrow night they take on a confident Columbia side, who cruised to a relatively easy 3-0 victory over Bayside Strikers last week.

If the Warriors are to save their season, they need to retain their focus and go back to the basics: winning every contest, controlling possession and creating opportunities.

No team in the competition is better at protecting a lead than the Warriors, so getting a good start would no doubt be one of Warriors coach Cameron Hanrahan's final instructions before they take the pitch tomorrow night.



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