Discussion on night grand final
THERE has been a discussion from a number of people over the last few weeks that we start the A Grade match on Bundaberg Grand Final day at 5pm and not 3.15pm that has been the case in the past to allow all matches on that day to be played on the main oval.
I am strongly against it as we have very few volunteer workers who start at 7am on that day and won’t finish until 9.30 or 10pm, and also to me, the grand final is a family day (Fathers Day) and I think it would be too big a day with families with young children.
A decision will be made in the next week or so on the day.
Chairman Mal Breen was over at his local watering hole on Friday night when a couple of well dressed gentlemen walked up to him with a copy of the BRL draw from the NewsMail and asked him, “excuse me sir do you know anything about Rugby League in Bundaberg?”
Mal thought that someone was having a go at him, but it turned out the guys were from Coffs Harbour and they were here for a family reunion.
They did go to the games on Saturday and congratulated Bundaberg on the great facilities we have at Salter Oval.
Just for the record, Coffs Harbour has a population of some 50,000 and only have one A Grade side.
A few weeks ago, I said that the Storm are the team to beat in the NRL this year and after round 21 nothing has changed my mind as St George, to me, are too hot and cold, and Manly, I believe, have peaked too early.
The Storm are just going about their business, now winning nine straight and coming from behind 18-nil on Monday to record a very good 22-18 win - they are a very good side and are very well coached.
Don’t be surprised if they play the Broncos in the decider the first weekend in October.
With this week being the final round of the BRL competition, games should be of great importance, particularly with the outcome for a top three position.
Easts, Isis and Wests should be going all out for victory and their supporters should witness some great games.
With one round to play, Shaun Collins, from Brothers, has crossed the white line on 33 occasions in this season’s competition, an average of just over two per game - add to these the 10 tries he scored over the 47th Battalion Carnival and his record certainly is impressive.
Shaun is an outstanding young player who can no doubt achieve at the highest level should he decide to do so.
The Northern Districts finals series commences this weekend with South Kolan hosting the first of the semi-finals days with Gin Gin to play South Kolan in the knock-out.
Avondale will meet Miriam Vale in the major semi with the advancing to the grand final at Avondale on Sunday, August 21.
With only one round of fixtures to play in the Burnett League, competition looks to have settled on their top five teams with Wondai, Nanango, Cherbourg, Mundubbera and Blackbutt featuring in the finals.
This is a great competition and this very proud rugby league region takes their games very serious and if you get a chance to go to their grand final, I am sure you will not be disappointed.
The Fraser Coast lost a strong supporter and life member of rugby league over the weekend with the passing of staunch Brothers supporter Carmel Brown.
I know all league followers throughout the Bundaberg/Fraser Coast districts pass on their condolences to husband Les, daughters Maria and Catherine and son Gary, who plays for Maryborough Brothers.
Blockers Tips this week: Cowboys, Tigers, Storm, Broncos, Sharks, Knights, Sea Eagles, Rabbits.