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Gladiators ready for Tigers

GREEN WALL: Gayndah defence has been a stand out this season.
GREEN WALL: Gayndah defence has been a stand out this season. Adam McCleery

Rugby League THE Central Burnett Senior Rugby League Grand Final is set to be a face off between The Mundubbera Tigers and the Gayndah Gladiators.

The Tigers are the 2016 premiers looking to defend their title while the Gladiators are the 2017 minor premiers and lost only one game all season and that was to the Tigers.

The Gayndah Gladiators have not won a grand final since 1983, having played in and lost four since, Gladiators senior coach Rob Linskett was there the day the Gladiators last lifted the premiership shield.

"I was playing in one of the curtain raiser games actually,” Linskett said.

"It was actually against the Mundubbera Tigers.

"Feels like a long time ago now.”

The Gladiators have been the clear in form team all season having only lost the one match late in the regular schedule but Linskett said the team was only focusing on the upcoming game and not the season just gone.

"Nothing has really changed for us in training this week, we are still doing out fitness, ball control and working on what we have been doing all year,” Linskett said.

"You need to treat it as just another game, you don;t want to put too much pressure on yourself.”

Linskett said it would still be a great feeling to get the win.

"The last time we played the Tigers in a grand final a few years back they beat us by three points,” Linskett said.

"There is some history there between the two teams, a bit of a love hate relationship which makes for good football.”

The Gladiators will play the defending premiers in front of a home crowd however a big contingent of Mundubbera supporters is expected.

"It's going to be great to play in front of the Gayndah Crowd,” Linskett said.

"We have played each other four times this year.

"And the crowds have been good for each one, this game will be big with ex residents coming home from all over to show their support.”

Linskett said it was the continued community support that was helping keep the competition and both teams strong.

"On behalf the Gladiators I wanted to thank all of our sponsors and supporters and all those people behind the scenes who have helped make this a great 2017,” Linskett siad.

Linskett and his team are expecting a hard and fast game against a team that has become their main rival over the years.

"The last couple of years it fade doff a bit because we haven;t been real strong but it has fired up again,” Linskett said.

The Gladiators have been rebuilding and now despite the result this weekend the club has hopes of a bright future.

"We have a good young side which is a good sign for the future,” Linskett said.

"We have been rebuilding the team for the last two years now and to see where we are at already is a positive sign.”

The grand final day will kick of with from 11am with junior games and the grand final itself kicking off at 6:30pm at the Gayndah Sport Ground.

Canteen available all day, bar open at 4pm.


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