Byrne Auto players Scott Beard, Matthew Dwan, Jamie Cochrane, Adam Byrne, Brett Benz and Harold Byrne at touch rugby on Monday night.
Byrne Auto players Scott Beard, Matthew Dwan, Jamie Cochrane, Adam Byrne, Brett Benz and Harold Byrne at touch rugby on Monday night. Gerard Walsh

Revved up for the finale

ADAM Byrne reckons his side is a 50/50 chance of winning its first grand final in Warwick A-grade men's touch rugby on Saturday.

The Byrne Auto team beat a weakened Pentath-run team 13-2 in the semi final between the second and third-placed teams on Monday night to book a grand final showdown with a Blue Chip side which beat Ruthless 8-3 in the semi.

"Pentath-run was weakened on Monday night as Robert Stewart and Callum Miller were at a school camp," Byrne said.

"They also started the game a man down so the score is not a true indication of our grand final chances."

While he mainly plays in the forwards for the Warwick Cowboys rugby league club, Scott Beard scored the first three tries for Byrne Auto to be best on ground on Monday night.

Beard has previously played Oztag in Brisbane, a sport a bit closer to rugby league than touch rugby.

"I like both oztag and touch," he said.

Byrne said his side had a squad of 10 and at least eight would be available for the grand final on Saturday.

While it is an advantage to have extra players on the bench, Byrne reckons two was enough for everyone to have a breather.

In its first season of touch rugby, some of the Byrne Auto team moved from other teams and were boosted by the inclusion of five Warwick Cowboys players Beard, John Trindall, Ben Carter, Jamie Cochrane and Chris McGahan.

"Some of the Cowboys in our team are forwards but they are quick forwards," he said.

Harold Byrne and Matt Dwan returned with the Byrne Auto team this season after not playing for one season.

Brett Benz is a creative player for the team and Rod Hansen has been dubbed the "flying winger".

Byrne Auto beat Blue Chip 3-1 in the last round game between the two sides.

While Blue Chip team member Terry Knight reckons his side were the underdogs, he expects a close game.

As for which player must be stopped in the Byrne Auto team, Knight said Adam Byrne made a lot of breaks.

"The others aren't far behind him at all," Knight said.

Last night, mixed semi finals were played in the run up to grand finals in all grades from 4pm Saturday.

 

Finals draw

4pm Mrs Chuck Norris v The Comets in women's/junior A-grade

B-grade grand finals in women's/juniors

5pm C and D mixed grand final

6pm A and B mixed grand final

7pm Byrne Auto v Blue Chip in A-grade men.

Bears v Assumption in B-grade men



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