The stage is set for the Queensland Cup’s long standing rivalry to continue when Wynnum Manly and Redcliffe go head to head in this Sunday’s grand final.
Today the rivals came together for the traditional pre-match breakfast.
Benjamin Phillips reports.
This is the prize captains Luke Dalziel-Don and Isaak Ah Mauboth are desperate to get their hands on this weekend.
They put aside their rivalry and joined, coaches and referees to for the Grand Final breakfast at Suncorp Stadium this morning.
The Redcliffe captain says his team has had a great season and is confident of taking the title away from last year’s premiers.
Isaak Ah Mau, Redcliffe Dolphins Captain: “Yeah, it’s a wonderful season so far and to be in the grand final, it’s the icing on the cake and hopefully we can come away with the win on Sunday.”
Wynnum-Manly have a card up their sleeve in former Bronco Dane Carlaw who will be a great boost to the team.
Paul Green, Wynnum-Manly Coach: “Dane’s played 13 origins and 6 tests, so he’s won comps for the Broncs, he’s played in the Super League in England, you know a guy with that experience is just invaluable to have in the side.”
As defending champions, Luke Dalziel-Don is hoping to go back-to-back.
Luke Dalziel-Don, Wynnum Manly Captain: “It’s never been done at Wynnum, you know, we’ve won premierships in 82, 84 and 86 but we’ve never been able to do that consecutively so it would be a feather in our cap and hopefully we can get it done on Sunday.”
Dubbed the battle of the Bay-Side, Sunday’s Grand Final is set to continue the Queensland Cup’s greatest rivalry, continuing a tradition dating back to 1981.
The game gets underway here at Suncorp at 3.50pm.
Isaac Ah Mau, Redcliffe Captain: “Some of the boys have been saying that there’s about 10 bus-loads comin gup, so it should be good.”
Benjamin Phillips, QUT News.