IN ACTION: Anuwat Silalat trying to make a break for it down the field.
IN ACTION: Anuwat Silalat trying to make a break for it down the field. Laura Blackmore

PHOTOS: Pressure-cooker preliminary final causes upset

PLAYERS slogged it out in the blistering sun at the weekend for the preliminary soccer finals.

On Saturday, after drawing at full-time 1-1 and playing out the extra time, Wests went down to the Gunners in a penalty shoot-out 4-3.

Gunners coach Steve Copas said he was pleased to make it into the grand final after a hard clash against Wests.

"Both teams had their chances to win throughout the day,” Copas said.

"We couldn't put any more goals away, so at full-time we were 1-all.

"It came down to penalties and we managed to come away with the win.”

As they head into the grand final next week, the coach considers their opposition always hard to defeat.

"Next week we are up against Nanango and they always play a tough game,” he said.

"We will do some recovery this week and be ready for the weekend match.”

Wests coach Mark Denman said after a slow start to the season his team found their rhythm, despite losing their preliminary final.

"Last year the whole competition was short on numbers,” Denman said.

"This year has been a tighter competition as some players returned and new residents moved to the area.

"As a result it's been more of a healthy competition.”

Next year Denman said his players and the wider community in the South Burnett were excited to see football continue to strengthen in the region.

"We're all looking forward to having some time off and hopefully we get some more players next year,” he said.

Next weekend on Saturday, August 31, the grand final will be played at Nanango Football Club and the women's clash will be Barambah versus Nanango at 4pm.

The men's game will kick off afterwards at 6pm, with the Gunners taking on the home team Nanango.

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