BACK OUR BOYS: The U18 Diehards will take on Gatton in the Toowoomba Rugby League grand final on Sunday.
BACK OUR BOYS: The U18 Diehards will take on Gatton in the Toowoomba Rugby League grand final on Sunday. Meg Gannon

Under-18s vying for their place in Diehards history

RUGBY LEAGUE: Club history could be in the making for the Diehards this weekend as the Under-18s take on Gatton, with just a grand final game standing between them and Dalby's first U18s premiership. 

The Diehards are one apiece with Gatton as they face up for the third time this season and Diehards President Tom Kelly is hoping the footy gods will be on their side on the day.

Kelly said the U18s have been slowly building to a grand final since 2013, finishing as minor premiers for the last two years.

"Playing finals football year in year out seems to make them a little bit hungrier to want to get one eventually," he said.

"(Grand finals) aren't given to you, you have to work at them and have a little bit of luck on the way."

Kelly is proud of the way the U18s grind their games out and is confident future of the club is in good hands.

U18s coach Scott Hall agreed and said the season has been up there with his best ever.

"They're the best group of guys I've had and they deserve everything they get at the moment," he said.

"It's been brilliant, everyone's best of mates I think that's the main thing in our footy team, we're not a bunch of superstars, they just play for each other it's really good."

Hall is most proud the team beat Souths for the President's Cup mid-season and is quietly confident ahead of Sunday's game.

Kelly thanked the Diehards' sponsors for their continued support, especially while times are tough.

"All the businesses are doing it tough around Dalby but they still seem to be able to put a few dollars aside to help the local sporting clubs out," he said.

The U18s will kick off at 11.20am on Sunday at the Clive Berghofer Stadium.


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