PUMPED: Wallaroos trio Jesse Robertson, Luke Waters and Joey Alberts are ready for the biggest game of their careers.
PUMPED: Wallaroos trio Jesse Robertson, Luke Waters and Joey Alberts are ready for the biggest game of their careers. Alistair Brightman

Wallaroos fans have waited almost 3000 days for a BRL Grand Final

THE weekend for which Wallaroos' players, officials and fans have waited almost 3000 days for is finally here.

The Maryborough club will face Past Brothers in the Bundaberg Rugby League A-grade grand final at Salter Oval tomorrow, and halfback Luke Waters cannot wait.

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"I'm a bit nervous now but I'm feeling pretty confident," Waters told the Chronicle.

SIDE STEPPING: Luke Waters on the attack for Wallaroos in the A Grade game at Salter Oval, Bundaberg.
SIDE STEPPING: Luke Waters on the attack for Wallaroos in the A Grade game at Salter Oval, Bundaberg. Paul Donaldson BUN260817RUG7

Wallaroos finished third on the BRL ladder, and eliminated Waves Tigers and Hervey Bay Seagulls in consecutive weeks to qualify for the grand final.

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The players will have to defy history to lift their first BRL premiership since 2009.

That triumph, a 40-38 win against Past Brothers, was a long, 2926 days ago.

Rugby league - Wallaroos V. Easts. Wallaroos Ben Turner caught in a tackle.
Rugby league - Wallaroos V. Easts. Wallaroos Ben Turner caught in a tackle. Alistair Brightman

Wallaroos has beaten Past Brothers only once since then - 1234 days ago in an Anzac Day match 2014.

The team proved last week that history was meant to be rewritten as it beat Hervey Bay for the first time in 1126 days, and the players are keen to do so again.

Wallaroos front-rower Todd Campbell models the yellow socks, which the club's rugby league teams will wear for sucide awareness.
Wallaroos front-rower Todd Campbell models the yellow socks, which the club's rugby league teams will wear for sucide awareness. Matthew McInerney

Former fullback having a Ball in the front row

The premiership-winning coach and captain from 2009, Colin Scott and Todd Campbell, have thrown their full support behind the team.

Campbell has two reasons to wish for success, as the under-18s team he coaches will play Past Brothers in their grand final at 11am.

"The atmosphere feels the same (as 2009) leading up to it," Campbell said.

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Scott praised coach Peter Waters' decision to stick to local players.

 

Former coach Colin Scott.
Former coach Colin Scott. Robyne Cuerel

Peter's locals- first approach was mocked by rivals, but he has steered the club to an A-grade grand final within two years.

"When I was helping last year Peter was adamant about bringing the club's junior players through the ranks and it's paid off," Scott said. "He's stuck to the kids from Maryborough and given them a chance to make history."

Julie Walker and 3 yr old Charlee Campbell ready to support the Wallaroos on Sunday in the BRL grand final against Past Brothers.
Julie Walker and 3 yr old Charlee Campbell ready to support the Wallaroos on Sunday in the BRL grand final against Past Brothers. Alistair Brightman

Second-rower Ben Turner said the qualifying final win against Waves two weeks ago was the turning point: it was the moment the players believed they had a genuine opportunity to win the title.

Long-term fans like Julie Walker will decorate the Bruce Highway with blue and white streamers, and along with several bus-loads of fans will be in full voice when the game kicks off at 3.30pm tomorrow.

Maryborough Brothers will defend its reserve grade title in the 12.30pm game.



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