Finals heat up for Eastern Suburbs and Goondiwindi
EASTERN Suburbs second-rower Isaac Chaffey is confident going into the under-16 game against Goondiwindi in the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League grand final today.
Chaffey is one of the players in the Suburbs U16 team who will play their last game of juniors today.
"We haven't lost to Goondiwindi this season, but understand they went well against Collegians last Saturday," he said.
Team captain Bradley Morrish will play five-eighth and said his team had been training well.
"We had an extra training session on Saturday," he said.
Vice-captain Jackson Brackin is on the wing today and will be looking to add to his try tally.
"I love scoring tries, but will go for a scoot or three from dummy half if the forwards are tired," he said.
"I am a bit more nervous as it is a home-ground final for us."
For all three and some of their teammates, next season will be their first in seniors and Morrish is already aiming for a starting spot in the Cowboys under-18 halves.
Brackin and Chaffey will have a year off, but Brackin will still play basketball and Chaffey will play school footy.
"I want to concentrate on Year 12 next year," Chaffey said.
Suburbs will rely heavily on hooker Lewis Taylor and his strong defence in the middle. Sam Byron and captain Brad Morrish will play in the halves with Jorden Hodgen at fullback.
Second-rowers Isaac Chaffey and James Taylor complement each other with Chaffey a great runner of the ball and Taylor a top defender.
Coach Ross Thorne said his side was hoping for a lot of support at the grand final on their home ground.
COLLEGIANS Dragons will play in three grand finals today at Eastern Suburbs oval.
Three of the club's grand-final players have a few things in common, they wear the number 1 jersey and all have a high regard for Souths NRL fullback Greg Inglis.
All listed Inglis as their favourite No.1 with one adding Billy Slater as a joint first choice.
Jayden Lippi (U11) and James Wallace (U14) have always been fullbacks and Alex Donn (U12) has moved from the pack this season.
"I love running with the ball and am happy with my ability under the high ball," Wallace said.
"I have to do some tackling in each game."
Lippi has a plan in attack, he is up in the play until the third tackle and then drops back.
For Donn, the move to fullback is one he relishes.
"I like it there now," he said.
Lippi and Donn kick goals, but Wallace has never kicked for goal and isn't planning to start.
Donn is confident about the U12 grand final.
"Goondiwindi hasn't beaten us this year," he said.