Designated Drinkers (back, from left) Rebecca Hoffman, Sandra Brackin, Mick Brackin, Matt Cole, Geordie Beckhouse, Gavin Beckhouse, (front) Natasha Nolan, Lara Brackin, Jason Brackin, Casey Beckhouse and Kobi Tate-Beckhouse.
Designated Drinkers (back, from left) Rebecca Hoffman, Sandra Brackin, Mick Brackin, Matt Cole, Geordie Beckhouse, Gavin Beckhouse, (front) Natasha Nolan, Lara Brackin, Jason Brackin, Casey Beckhouse and Kobi Tate-Beckhouse. Contributed

Final will be touch and go

AFTER winning the first season premiership, Designated Drinkers have plenty of confidence going into tonight's A-grade grand final against Jeff's Jokers in touch football.

The defending premiers are a team with plenty of family connections.

Captain Geordie Beckhouse said two of the key players were the combination of Michael and Jason Brackin.

"The brothers won player of the finals in men's and mixed last season," Beckhouse said.

"We won last year's final but I feel this game will be a lot closer," he said.

"Both teams have been equal all season and we will have to be on our game. Jeffs Jokers can't be under estimated with the speed and experience of Norm and Toni Cox, Harold Byrne and Dalton Russell."

The Jeff's Jokers combination has three new players this year in Emily Paech, Shane Roberts and Kelly Tester.

While the majority of players are from Warwick, Australian touch rugby representative Wendy Watson is from Texas and Kristy O'Brien makes the trek from Stanthorpe.

"Wendy and Kristy are great defenders," team-mate Toni Cox said.

Long-time Texas Terriers rugby league back Kev Lowrey is in the team but will miss the grand final with work commitments.

Dalton Russell and Harold Byrne have been the leading try scorers this season. Shane Roberts is in his first season of A-grade after starring closer to the ground in the sport of karting.

Captain Amanda Russell said it was time for a win after four close grand finals losses.

"If we lose, we will be Jeff's Chokers," she said.

Jeff's Jokers team

Amanda Russell (c)

Norm Cox

Toni Cox

Harold Byrne

Matt Dwan

Shane Roberts

Dalton Russell

Kelly Tester

Wendy Watson

Kristy O'Brien

Emily Paech



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