1st Grade Finals Preview

This weekend will see the commencement of the 2019 Well Hung Glass and Aluminium 1st Grade Competition finals series. Both games scheduled will no doubt be blockbuster encounters with the 4 best teams this year earning their place in the TDRU top 4. The major semi final will be held on Saturday at Mike Carney Toyota Park as reigning premiers Teachers West look to continue their dominance over the competition and push for the shot at another Grand Final. Standing in their way will be the LARCS who will look to out muscle their opponents on their quest for a maiden Grand Final appearance. The minor semi final will be held on Sunday at Mike Carney Toyota Park with North Ward taking on Charters Towers in a do or die clash with the loser bowing out of finals contention.

Major Semi Final – SATURDAY – Teachers West V LARCS

This Saturday will see a titanic clash take place between 4-time defending premiers Teachers West and competition new-comers the LARCS. In their previous 3 encounters the Bulldogs have come away with three comprehensive victories, however this will all go out the window come Saturday when the LARCS will look to send a message to the rest of the finals competition as they go on the hunt for a major upset. Both sides know they cannot underestimate their opponents with the Lavarack boys and the Bulldogs know for having very slick attacking skills, whilst boasting a robust defensive line. The winner of this game will head straight into the Grand Final on the 17th of August, earning their team a week off next week whilst the loser of this tussle will take on the winner of the minor semi final between North Ward & Charters Towers. Best of luck to both teams, kick off is at 5:45pm.

Minor Semi Final – SUNDAY – North Ward V Charters Towers

This Sunday will see another chapter written in this rivalry that has grown over recent years when Charters Towers make the trip into Townsville to take on North Ward. This match marks the first time Charters Towers have made a finals series since returning to the A-Grade competition 3 years ago, North Ward will be looking to push for their first Grand Final appearance since 2005, so you can imagine this will be an emotionally charged encounter. After a tough result last week that saw North Ward remain in 3rd place, they will be looking to bounce back this week with a strong offensive game that they have become known for. Charters Towers on the other hand will be looking to take momentum from last week into this week by winning the physicality battle upfront, allowing them to use their speed men out wide. Best of luck to both teams, kick off is at 5:10pm.

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