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globalrugbyleague - Sat, 27 Sep 2008 09:13:00 GMT
If you’re after some country style Rugby League this weekend, Queanbeyan Blues do battle with the Gungahlin Bulls live at Seiffert Oval on Sunday at 3pm.
According to the Canberra Raiders website, the Blues head into the match as favourites for the title after securing the minor premiership a few short weeks ago, while the Bulls limp into the decider after a series of crippling injury blows in 2008.
The Bulls will be without star trio Tim Weyman, Pat Clark or Tim Donavan for the clubs first decider in seven years, but Coach Justin Holbrook said the team was still confident of pulling off the upset.

"We won the club championship this year so we’re confident we have the depth to be up to the task Sunday," Holbrook said. "If we can control the play early I’m, sure we’ll be there at the end."

Despite not naming Donovan for Sunday’s match Blues Captain Phil Stonham has not ruled out an appearance by the Bulls star back, and said his side were expecting a surprise return from him Sunday.

"I’ll believe he is not playing when I see it for myself," Stonham said. "Either way they’re going to be a tough side so it should be a great match."

Bulls stand in skipper Josh Ayers said his team would not be overawed by the occasion of a grand final, even without their star players.

"I think if we can get in early make some runs and defend well we will settle the nerves and be able to set up the game," Ayers said. "I guess I have a little bit more responsibility now that I’m Captain, but I won’t be changing the way I play."

Blues Coach Neil Bijorac said the Blues were looking to return to the dominance they displayed a few short years ago, and was hoping to kick it all off on Sunday.

"We think we have the team that can get the job done and be a force this weekend," Bijorac said. "It would be great for the club to return to the days when we were the best side in the competition."

Action at Seiffert Oval commences at 10.00am with the under 18’s Grand Final, with the Canberra Raiders Cup to kick-off at 3.00pm.

Canberra Raiders Cup - Grand Finals
Sunday 28 September 2008 at Seiffert Oval

First Grade - 3:00pm
Queanbeyan Blues v Gungahlin Bulls

Reserve Grade - 1:10pm
West Belconnen v Tuggeranong Bushrangers

George Tooke Shield Grand Final - 11:30am
Southwest Brahmans v Bungendore Tigers

Under 18s - 10:00am
Gungahlin Bulls v Queanbeyan Blues - Read More, Here