STAY STRONG: The Diehards will have to be on the top of their game this weekend as they take on Goondiwindi in the elimination final.
STAY STRONG: The Diehards will have to be on the top of their game this weekend as they take on Goondiwindi in the elimination final. Meg Gannon

Season on the line as Diehards reach D-Day

RUGBY LEAGUE: Everything the Diehards have worked for this year is hanging in the balance as the side prepares to face Goondiwindi in the elimination finals.

After beating premiership favourites, Wattles, last week, Goondiwindi will be confident ahead of the elimination game tomorrow.

A-grade coach Derek Brady said tomorrow's game would define their season finish and the side needed a win to move to the next round.

"This is our season on the line now, being the elimination stage and finishing fourth, it's do or die on Saturday night,” Brady said.

The A-grade side beat Souths in the last round of fixtures last weekend, continuing its winning streak into the first round of finals.

After a few availability problems on game day last week, the Diehards will have all players on deck this weekend heading into the all-important round.

"The good part about our team is we played Gundy last time out there and we beat them with an understrength team: This week we've got no excuses at all so I'm expecting a big performance from the boys,” Brady said.

The players know they have to be on top of their game, but are confident they're in with a chance.

"I'm feeling confident with the boys and they are certainly confident, which is probably more important, and as a group they're not just focusing on this game, they're looking forward to the challenge of coming weeks as well,” Brady said.

"We're not getting beyond ourselves because the top teams that are the premiership favourites we haven't beaten this year.

"If we can just get all the right players on the right field and hold the ball, we can compete with anyone.”

The Diehards have worked on ball handling and fundamentals in the past few weeks to manage errors that is finally paying off.

"We actually cleaned up a fair bit of that in the Souths game and competed pretty well, which is what we have to do against Gundy, especially with Gundy being a fairly big side we don't want to give them too much ball,” Brady said.

Finals will be tough but Brady believes they have the experience to back them.

"It comes down to experience and, fortunately, we've got some pretty experienced guys... and we'll be expecting them to lead us through the game.”

The Diehards will take on the Boars at Clive Berghofer Stadium from 6.30pm on Saturday, August 17.


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