Gremlins ready for final
THE Stanthorpe Gremlins will take on the Inglewood Roosters at Inglewood on Saturday after the Gremlins won an exciting encounter against reigning premiers Texas at the weekend.
Texas led for most of the match and had the Gremlins on the back foot for much of the play.
The Terriers scored the game's first two tries to lead 10-0 before the home side bounced back with a try of their own shortly before the break.
A penalty in front of the post right on half time let the Gremlins back into the game with the score 10-8 at half time.
The second half was a much tighter affair with both teams playing some hard hitting, entertaining rugby league.
The scores remained unchanged for most of the half until, with 10 minutes to go, Texas crossed for their third try of the match and extended their lead 14-8 in the process.
A missed conversion attempt left the Gremlins with a six point deficit to chase and from the kick-off Jason Wilmot found touch and won Stanthorpe the ball in Texas territory.
The Gremlins pack pushed hard and scored from the next set of six with the conversion slotted home from the sideline to level the score 14-14 with just minutes remaining.
The next few minutes saw some great end-to-end play which the Gremlins took advantage of when Jason Cobon stole the ball in a one-on-one tackle.
From the next set of six the Gremlins crossed to take the lead for the first time in the game.
Texas had no time to respond which saw the crowd erupt and the Gremlins move into the showpiece event against Inglewood on Saturday.
Gremlins coach John Hendry said his team played some good football against a tough Texas outfit.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game," Hendry said.
"The boys know that they'll have to lift for this week's grand final.
"If they play to their ability they'll win the competition."
Hendry said home advantage isn't as big any more as his team had won twice at Inglewood this season.
"It's whoever gets on top early - if you get early points you can gain momentum," he said.
"We don't mind the underdog tag, Inglewood are deserved favourites.
"The boys will be training as usual and we will just have to make sure we stick to our game plan.
"I just want to thank the supporters for their support all season and we'd appreciate if they could make it to Inglewood this weekend."
A supporter's bus will be going out on Saturday to Inglewood leaving from the Stanthorpe RSL.
Anyone interested in booking a seat on the bus has until midday tomorrow to register with Norm Crisp on 4681 2177.
The a grade game will kick-off at 3pm on Saturday at Inglewood, the reserve grade match will kick-off at 1.30pm also at Inglewood.