LACED UP: The Nanango women's team will play Barambah women's team at Nanango this weekend.
LACED UP: The Nanango women's team will play Barambah women's team at Nanango this weekend. Madeline Grace

Claws out for premiership title as the final showdown looms

THE one game that teams across the South Burnett region train towards each year has finally arrived - the grand final.

Men and women will battle it out in their senior football grand finals on Saturday for the chance to take home the premiership.

Held at the Nanango Rugby League fields this year, the home club will field two teams in the final.

In the women's game, Nanango Panthers will take on Barambah, while Gunners will go up against Nanango in the men's game.

Nanango women's manager Jacqui Downie said having both of their senior teams in the grand final weekend could possibly be attributed to the positive morale fostered at the club.

"We have been quite successful over the past eight years, on and off of course,” Downie said.

"I think we have done so well this year because of the culture we have created within our football community.

"I love being part of the Nanango club and coming to training each week and seeing the girls play.”

After a shaky start to the season across the entire club due to low numbers, Downie said the introduction of new players gave them a mighty boost.

"We have managed to have an outstanding season after taking in some players who were also brand new to the game,” she said.

"Having both experienced and newer players at the club creates a dynamic team and we have managed to have plenty of wins this season.

"Barambah took us out last year in the grand final, so now we are hoping to regain the title.”

Gunners coach Steve Copas said the team had their work cut out for them at the weekend, after beating Wests in a penalty shoot-out last week.

"We are still recovering from last week,” Copas said.

"The guys are racing the clock to get fit enough for the match on the weekend.

"We have to bring our A game against Nanango because they are coming to come out firing.”

Copas said goal keeper Peter Collins brought a wealth of knowledge to the team.

"Peter has been part of the team for five or six years,” he said.

"He knows how to read the game, and being the keeper he can guide the boys around the park.

"It's great because he also gives the younger boys some direction on the field.”

The women's grand final will kick off at 4pm, and the men's will follow at 6pm.

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