Teams share wins in run-up to football finals
FOOTBALL: After a win each in head-to-head battles during the past three weeks, Foodworks will play Urban Mist in the Warwick junior football premier grand final on Saturday at Queens Park.
Urban Mist beat Foodworks 6-2 in the final fixture game of the season before Foodworks won the major semi final 6-4.
Urban Mist coach Brett Spies said Boal brothers Lachlan and Ryan, in the midfield, and Mark Skinner at the back were important players in his team.
"Mark has been excellent in defence all season,” he said.
"If we can hold them in midfield, our strikers should be able to counter attack and get the results.
"Matches have been close all season between all the teams.”
The team fine-tuned its form at a training session on Thursday.
Foodworks coach Brendan Ryan said he was proud of his team making the grand final after they lost the first four games of the season.
"We improved a lot during the season,” Ryan said.
"In the semi, it was 2-all and Urban Mist led 4-2 before Brendan Atherton scored two goals to level and then we scored two more goals to win.
"The girls at the back, Kaitlyn Newley, Nella Ryan and Gizeshw'k Mason, who returned from injury, make a difference to the team.
"Bruce Greenaway and Derek Kane trained a squad of premier players each Thursday, which helped the players in my team.”
Greenaway coaches the Rob Lyons Concrete Cutting team which will play a friendly for third place against Danny Lyons Sports.
"We have a couple of players out but I expect Tom Fender, Carl Gray and Madison Kane to lead the way, along with William Thornton who has been nominated for rookie of the year,” he said.
"Our team improved every game.”
Danny Lyons Sports coach Mark Brunt said the more his team played together, the better their passing game became.
"The big improver was top goal-scorer Noah Dwan and Lucy Donovan in defence who works hard and gives the footy a good boot.
"She puts in a lot of time to travel with her family from Urbenville.”
Nine premier players are on a short list for season awards to be presented at the annual senior dinner on Saturday night at Douglas Feez Pavilion.
Short listed for the most valuable in junior premier are: George Greenaway, Noah Dwan, Lachlan Boal, Brendan Atherton and Kaitlyn Newley.
William Thornton, Alexander Geisel, Cody Rogers and Steven Osborne are players f short-listed for rookie of the year.
The four teams in the 11/12 years age group will play in a round robin on grand final day.
Association president Cameron Davey said the committee was happy with the 2018 season.
"We only had washouts on one weekend this season,” he said.
Participation certificates will be presented in the younger age groups after the finals today. Davey said remaining dinner tickets would be available on first-in, first-served, basis on Saturday.
8.30am: Start of finals day for younger teams; start of 11/12 years round robin; play-off for third in premier grade
10.30am: Grand final, premier grade
Presentations after games for junior players (except major awards)