DAMIEN Allen has a week to prepare the Kootingal Roosters for a knockout final against Dungowan Cowgirls.
It will be a testing time for him and his hens who were blasted off Kootingal Oval by unbeaten North Tamworth 45-nil in Sunday’s major preliminary final.
The Roosters were lucky to have the “second bite” and remain alive to tackle the Cowgirls in this Saturday’s final while the Bears go straight into Sunday week’s grand final at Jack Woolaston Oval.
Allen said the Roosters, a new look side fashioned together at the start of the season, had it tough enough as it was playing the unbeaten Bears.
But they went in with a bad attitude, he said.
“North Tamworth are a good side,” Allen said.
“We just didn’t turn up with the right attitude, didn’t turn up at all today.”
The only positive from the game is “we’re still alive”.
“Got to play Luke and his Cowgirls now,” he laughed of Dungowan coach Luke Taylor and his side who ended Barraba’s season with a 37-4 win in Saturday’s minor preliminary final at Gunnedah.
“That’s going to be a hard game too, they (Kooty) will have bring their game this Saturday.”
Meanwhile, Boggabri scored a stunning kick and chase try in the final 15 seconds of its Tier 2 major preliminary final against Werris Creek to grab a 14-11 victory at Kootingal and win berth in Sunday week’s decider.
Werris Creek now play South West Robins in this Saturday’s Tier 2 final.
MINOR PRELIMINARY FINALS
Ladies League Tag Tier 1: DUNGOWAN 37 (Brianna Trickett 3, Jamie Blackler, Libby Welsh, Sarah Stackman, Erica Williams tries, Stackman 4gls) d BARRABA 4 (Shirika Nean try).
Ladies League Tag Tier 2: SOUTH WEST ROBINS 19 (Jacqueline Murphy 2, Jessica Beale, Jodi Howarth tries, Beale gl) d BENDEMEER 18 (Shakira Bundock, Dhalara Knox, Tarniece Berry tries, Jane Bevitt 3gls).
MAJOR PRELIMINARY FINALS
Ladies League Tag Tier 1: NORTH TAMWORTH 45 (Kimberley Resch 2, Leica Le Brocq 2, Kate Ferguson 2 including 5pt try, Alexandra Rogers, Tiarn Bayliss tries, Amy Barraclough 5, Resch gls) d KOOTINGAL 0.
Ladies League Tag Tier 2: BOGGABRI 14 (Cassidy Morley, Emma Lyons, Maddie Giffen tries, Braie Devine gl) d WERRIS CREEK 11 (Montanna Allan 5pt try, Anna Smith tries, Casey Hatch gl).
THIS WEEK - FINALS (Saturday, August 31)
First grade: Kootingal v Gunnedah; Second grade: North Tamworth v South West Robins; Under 18: North Tamworth v Boggabri; Ladies League Tag Tier 1: Kootingal v Dungowan; Ladies League Tag Tier 2: Werris Creek v South West Robins.
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