DENMAN Devils became the first club to earn a home grand final yesterday when they stunned minor premiers Greta Branxton with a 31-12 win in the Thiess Servics A Plus Contracting Group 21 major semi final at Greta Oval.
Devils captain-coach, Dean Amos, who has never had a home grand final in his brilliant career, said his club will now prepare for a big Grand Final day on Sunday, September 1.
North Tamworth and Gwydir coaches, Brad McManus and Peter Stevens, both shared similar thoughts after their sides won minor semi finals in Tamworth and Bingara yesterday.
Steven’s Gwydir side beat Tingha 30-10 intheir Group 19 Minor Semi Final at Bingara’s Gwydir Oval while McManus’s North Tamworth Bears beat Narrabri Blues 36-18 at Jack Woolaston Oval yesterday.
North Tamworth Bears started well and led 18-nil before the Blues fought back with two second half tries to trail 18-12 with 20 minutes left.
However the Bears steadied and grabbed three more tries to win 36-18.
“We can sit back and see who we play now,” McManus said in reference to this Sunday’s Major Semi Final between West Lions and Wee Waa at Scully Park, West Tamworth.
“Hope they bash each other up a bit.”
Peter Stevens said something similar about an hour later.
“We can have a week off and get ready for either Glen or the Boomies, hope they bash each other up. Fair chance of that.”
Both also talked the “we live another day” maxim.
Both will be walking premiership tightropes from here on in with no second chances.
Grand Final venues will be the big rewards at stake this weekend in Groups 4 and 19.
Denman will host the Group 21 Grand Final while Greta Branxton Colts will tackle Scone Thoroughbreds in this Sunday’s Preliminary Final at Greta Oval.
North Tamworth Bears ended Narrabri Blues premiership hopes yesterday and await their Preliminary Final opponent when West and Wee Waa clash at Scully Park.
The Group 4 Second Division Major Semi will also be played at Barraba this Saturday with the Bulldogs at home to a Quirindi Grasshopper side that beat Kootingal Roosters 30-24 in their qualifying Final at Quirindi Sportsground on Saturday.
Dungowan Cowboys ended Bendemeer’s season with a 30-10 win at the Dungowan Recreation reserve and now tackles Kootingal Roosters in the Minor Semi at Kootingal Oval this Saturday (turn to Page 22 for more).
Tingha Tigers dropped out of teh Group 19 premiership battle at Bingara yesterday and Gwydir will play the loser of the Major Semi Final between minor premiers Moree Boomerangs and Glen innes Magpies.