Wattles Warriors lay it on the line
WATTLES Warriors A-grade side continues today in its quest to win the club's first top-grade premiership since 1997 at Toowoomba's Clive Berghofer Stadium.
Wattles succumbed to a determined Gatton Hawks line-up last Sunday in the Toowoomba Rugby League minor semi-final 28 - 22, and so now fight out a do-or-die battle with Valleys this evening from 6pm in the knock-out semi-final.
A loss will end their season, a win is one step closer to a grand final berth on September 1.
Coach Duggan had named an 18-man squad, with concerns about star halfback Matt Duggan who suffered a corked leg last week.
Matt Duggan left the field 12 minutes into the second stanza, his side leading 22 - 10, but three Gatton tries before full time saw the winning honours go the Hawks way.
Mobile front-rower Pat Manley is a significant loss for the remainder of the season after his head clash and ugly concussion incident last week.
Stepping up to fill the front-row vacancy is brother Xavier Manley, perhaps Wattles most consistent forward throughout the season.
Centre Joel Koina also returns to the green and gold line-up after he missed the team's most recent outing through illness.
The A-grade team:
1. Jackson Green, 2. Robbie Moore, 3. Joel Koina, 4. Brenden Wilson, 5. Tim Hentschel, 6. Brandan Purcell, 7. Matt Duggan, 8. Mitch Hannant, 9. Liam Ross, 10. Xavier Manley, 11. Kim Phoenix, 12. Mitch Koina, 13. Aaron Schied , 14. Brod Koina , 15. Luke Baker, 16. Dan Manley, 17. Glen McMillan,18. Brodie Sharman.
Reserve Grade final: Wattles versus Souths
After a mid-match form reversal last week, Wattles Reserve Graders are fielding perhaps their strongest line-up of the season against Southern Suburbs in tomorrow's Reserve Grade knockout semi-final.
Player/coach Ross Hentschel has named form front-rower Jared Petersen in today's line-up. The try-scoring prop has been absent on work duties of late.
Hentschies Heroes trailed 6 - 22 after 22 minutes of play in last week's final against Highfields, and then proceeded to score 41 unanswered points to win the match 47 - 22.
The coach is looking for that sort of commitment again today as Wattles attempt to continue their march towards the 2013 Reserve Grade TRL grand final.