Michael Guthrie celebrates after Wallaroos beat Cooloola Heat last week to set up a grand final showdown with Granville Tigers in the Maryborough District Hockey Association A1 men’s competition today.
Michael Guthrie celebrates after Wallaroos beat Cooloola Heat last week to set up a grand final showdown with Granville Tigers in the Maryborough District Hockey Association A1 men’s competition today. NAT BROMHEAD

Wallaroos in all grand finals

GRANVILLE Tigers will be aiming to win the Maryborough District Hockey Association A1 men's premiership for an incredible 12th consecutive time today.

It will be up to Wallaroos to try to end that impressive run of form on grand final day.

It won't be an easy assignment.

Granville, the minor premiers, has already beaten Wallaroos in the preliminary final this year.

They won that game 4-1, but injured Wallaroos' player Damon Sheppard said that result counted for nothing come today.

Sheppard, who will miss the grand final for the year after injuring his knee against Gympie's Cooloola Heat, said the slate had been wiped clean.

“That was then and this is now,” said Sheppard, who will be on the sidelines barking instructions to his teammates.

“We know that we are the huge underdogs but that suits us – we have nothing to lose.

“Besides, we have already beaten Granville this season so we know how to do it.

“The boys have trained hard for this day and they are ready to give it their best and they will.”

The game is scheduled to start at 5.30pm.

But the blue and white of Wallaroos won't only be seen in action in the men's final.

Wallaroos, the minor premiers, will take on United Panthers in the women's A1 final at 4pm.

But wait, there's more for Wallaroos fans to cheer about.

Seven other finals will be contested today and Wallaroos will feature in every one.

Not surprisingly, Sheppard said everyone involved with the club should be feeling great today.

“To have so many teams in premiership-winning contention is a fantastic effort,” Sheppard said.

“Whether we win or lose, the club can feel extremely proud of its achievements this season.”



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