Wattles Warriors hunting fourth TRL premiership title
RUGBY LEAGUE: The stage can't be set any better for Luke Duggan's A-grade Wattles Warriors as they prepare to run on to Clive Berghofer Stadium tomorrow at 3pm to take on the Dalby Diehards in the 96th Toowoomba Rugby League Grand Final.
Success will provide the Warriors with a fourth A-grade premiership after achieving top honours in 1970, 1997, and last year in 2014.
Success tomorrow afternoon will also crown a significant season for the Allora-Clifton Wattles, their 50th as a club since Allora and Clifton clubs combined and ran on against Millmerran in their first premiership match in 1966 in the Warwick District Rugby League.
While Wattles may have won 18 of their 25 fixture matches this year, along with the prestigious mid-season Madsen-Rasmussen Trophy, their two early season losses were against top-of-the-table Gatton and bottom-of-the-table Oakey.
They have clashed with their grand final opponents the Dalby Diehards on two occasions this year, winning both encounters, in round six, 48-22, and in round 18 by a slim 34-30 margin.Only eight Wattles players to run on tomorrow were in the 17 who defeated Gatton 36-12 in last year's grand final, but one of the club's younger brigade is certainly looking forward to the season decider.
Nineteen-year-old forward Harry Fulwood graduated to A-grade from Under-18s this year and has made every post a winner, evolving into one of coach Duggan's key forward weapons.
The Bachelor of Agriculture student considers tomorrow's grand final the perfect ending to his first year in A-grade. "To do it with the best players in the competition and retiring club legends like Aaron Scheid, Glen McMillan and Brenden Wilson makes it so much more special," says Harry.
After 1920 minutes of rugby league trials, fixtures, a mid-season final and a semi-final, it all comes down to 80 minutes of play from 3pm tomorrow.
They have amazing speed and natural ability in the backs, arguably the best halves in the competition and a forward pack the envy of other clubs that keep coming for the 80 minutes and will create room for their backs.
What will be will be, and patrons are assured of a cracker of a game.