Wolves win final spot
THE Warwick Wolves secured a men's grand final spot in their first season in the Stanthorpe competition.
In a fast and intense game, Warwick overcame a determined Ballandean 3-0 in the preliminary final held at Ballandean on Saturday afternoon.
It was the experience of Dominic Benz who set Warwick on the way to victory, with personal involvement in all three Warwick goals.
In the second minute, Benz took a free kick from wide on the attacking left and powerfully hit the ball low and hard across the net, beating the keeper and scoring.
Midway through the half, Benz took a corner kick and found the head of Cameron Davey who finished strongly into the goal to give Warwick a 2-0 lead.
Benz then again took a kick from deep outside the box and cleared the keeper's reach, finding the top of the net for Warwick's third goal before half-time.
The second half was a full-spirited contest as Ballandean repeatedly tried to get back into the game.
Benz left the field with a muscle strain and it was left to backs Jim Osborn, Stan Bain, Daniel Bowles and Joe Marstella and keeper Damo Young to turn back the constant pressure.
They all played an outstanding half and were able to give Warwick a clean sheet and a positive build-up for the grand final against Stanthorpe United at the International Club at 4pm Saturday.
Coach Peter Osborn said the Wolves team had found form at the right time.
"It has been an inconsistent year mainly due to the small squad and a large number of injuries, but the players have gradually found their teamwork and system," he said.
"The core of seven players that came from the Premier Toowoomba League have been well supported by new players Joseph Marstella and Daniel Bowles and colts Sam McLennan and Josh Jordan, together with the return of veteran Stan Bain and Matt Hamilton's positive involvement."
The game against United should be a close affair with Warwick going down 3-2 in extra time in the major semi last week.
Both sides were missing a number of players and it is expected, with two close-to-full-strength teams, the final will be a fast and entertaining game.
11am: Junior colts - International v Ballandean
12.30pm: Colts - United v City
2.15pm: Women's - United v Tenterfield
4pm: Men's - United v Warwick