Maryborough Wallaroos’ captain Todd Campbell will take to the field tonight in the grand final against Maryborough Brothers.
Maryborough Wallaroos’ captain Todd Campbell will take to the field tonight in the grand final against Maryborough Brothers. VALERIE HORTON

Wallaroos wounded: Bros wary

TWO WEEKS ago Maryborough Brothers reminded the high-flying Maryborough Wallaroos they were only human.

But Brothers president Jeff Nugent knows that will count for nothing if the team can’t repeat their semi-final performance in the grand final of the Fraser Coast Rugby League competition at Eskdale Park tonight.

The semi-final resulted in the Wallaroos crashing to their first defeat this year.

The two teams have a long and colourful rivalry and Nugent can’t wait for another chapter.

But he is wary of a ’Roos side that will be out for revenge after their defeat in the semi-final.

“We won’t be underestimating them,” he said.

“They know how to win grand finals. We know ’Roos will come out a lot more committed.

“They wouldn’t have liked us beating them.”

Nugent said, while the semi-final match hadn’t exposed too many of the Wallaroos’ weaknesses, it had helped Brothers realise a few of their strengths.

The Wallaroos won the Bundaberg Rugby League competition last year, defeating Bundaberg Brothers in the final.

Wallaroos coach Colin Scott said despite the strong performances of the team during the year their semi-final loss had reminded them that just turning up was not going to win it for them.

“After the defeat in the first semi it got a couple of guys into gear,” he said.

Scott said Brothers had consistently challenged the Wallaroos all year.

“We are expecting a very tough match. There is a good rivalry between the two sides and it goes back a long way,” he said.

Brothers coach Jason McColl said the Brothers players were looking forward to what for many, would be their first grand final.

“The boys know they can beat ’Roos now,” he said.

McColl said there were plenty of celebrations after the team beat ’Roos two weeks ago, but there was also a determination not to get ahead of themselves – the biggest test is still to come.

Scott said he would be looking to the experienced players in his squad – including Todd Campbell, Shane Jefferies and Adam Coote – to lead the way.



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