STILL FIGHTING: The Valleys Roosters had the last laugh over the Diehards last week, beating the team 48-22.
STILL FIGHTING: The Valleys Roosters had the last laugh over the Diehards last week, beating the team 48-22. Meg Gannon

Diehards vying for their place in finals

RUGBY LEAGUE: Coming off a rest week and two losses, the Diehards are gearing up for an all-important game against Goondiwindi this weekend, as they look to cement their place in the finals.

The Gundy Boars are currently sitting just one point below Dalby on the ladder, so a win will be important to maintain their standing.

With just three rounds left in the season before finals, Diehards A-grade coach Derek Brady said the boys would have to be at the top of their game.

"We want to confirm that we're going to be in the semi-finals so this is a very important game for us, it also shows a bit of character, (Goondiwindi) are one of the leading teams in this second round as well so it will be a tough challenge but it is very important for us to win the game,” he said.

"They're pretty strong all over the park Gundy, they've had some good results, they've got a very fast and creative backline, and they've got a couple of big forwards in the middle so essentially if we can control the middle of the field I'm fairly confident our boys on the edges will be able to get the points for us.”

Dalby last played the Boars in round four at home, finishing the game with a 24-20 win, but Brady said the team had only improved since then.

Some of the experienced boys will have to step up to carry the team this weekend as some key players will be unavailable for the round.

"We probably didn't need the break off, it's a bit of a stop-start season ... and it's hard to keep momentum going into each game,” he said.

Brady said the Diehards were confident they would make the finals standing in pretty good stead at this point in the season, but not as high up the ladder as they had hoped.

"We're probably unable to finish in that second and third position which gives you an extra week off come semi-finals ... it's probably looking more like we'll be finishing fourth or fifth.”

The Diehards are gearing up for their final home game against Highfields next weekend.

Last weekend the Under-18s had a two-point win over South Burnett at Nanango.


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