Falcons prop Peter Holmes isn’t phased about his opposition for tonight’s union grand final.
Falcons prop Peter Holmes isn’t phased about his opposition for tonight’s union grand final. RON BURGIN

Ascot Falcons not intimidated

“YOU don’t scare us.”

That is the message from Alloway Ascot Falcons prop Peter Holmes to the undefeated Hervey Bay Mariners ahead of tonight’s NewsMail Spring Cup Grand Final.

“They are not intimidating us at all,” Holmes said yesterday.

“We can handle them in the forwards — no troubles, then we’ll just have to deal with their speedy backs.

“(The forwards) seemed to deal with them pretty easily last time we played them and we’ve got even better since then.

“We dominated against Isis (Crushers) and (East Coast) Buccaneers and we’re confident we can do the same against the Mariners.”

The Hervey Bay-based side dominated the Spring Cup fixtures and received a free pass into the grand final after the Barbarians forfeited last Friday night’s semi-final.

The last time the two teams met was in the opening round of the spring season, when Mariners ran away with a 44-27 win at Across the Waves Sports Ground.

That was the closest any team came to the Mariners as the competition favourites breezed through the Spring Cup fixtures.

With each week Hervey Bay gained momentum toward a seemingly inevitable grand final berth, while Falcons were tested by Buccaneers and Barbarians.

“They are not going to be push-overs, let’s get that straight.

“But we’re not afraid of them,” Holmes said.

“The enthusiasm at training this week has been unbelievable. Everyone knows that this is the grand final and playing in Bundaberg should be a huge advantage for us.”



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