Bowen Mudcrabs player Rainer Power makes a dash with the ball during the semi-final against Mackay City. Photo: Contributed
Bowen Mudcrabs player Rainer Power makes a dash with the ball during the semi-final against Mackay City. Photo: Contributed

Muddies hoping to break grand final drought with victory

THE Bowen Mudcrabs will break a 16-year grand final drought this weekend when they face off against Mackay City in a clash on home turf.

After a solid season, the Muddies landed a spot in the final with a 40-14 victory over Mackay City in the semi-final on September 19.

Their win earned them a weekend off while Mackay City took on the Proserpine-Whitsunday Raiders for a spot in the final.

The Mackay side managed an 18-6 victory at the weekend, dashing hopes of a Whitsunday-centric grand final.

Coach Tom Andison said the time off put the Bowen side in good stead ahead of the weekend.

“Before the last game, we hadn’t beaten (Mackay City) all year, but we know that we can beat them now so we’re feeling good,” he said.

“We know that they’re going to bring a different mentality to the grand final, but we are feeling good.”

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The Muddies have been down one of their key backs, Karmon Power, for the past four weeks because of injury.

However, the welcome rest means he is raring to go for the weekend’s clash.

The game will be played on home turf at the Bowen Sporting Complex, making it the first Mackay grand final played outside Mackay.

Mr Andison encouraged spectators to come along for the clash and get behind the Bowen side after a turbulent season.

“There was a little while there where we thought (the season) wasn’t going to restart at all, and to restart it after all that time and end up in the grand final at home, it’s pretty awesome,” he said.

“We just want everyone to get around us and get around to the ground to support us.

“We haven’t been in the grand final since 2003 so it’s been a long time coming.

“We’d love everyone to get behind us and push us over the line.”

The grand final clash will take place on October 3 with the Proserpine-Whitsunday Raiders taking on Mackay Brothers for a preview game at 2.15pm.

The main event will follow at 4pm with gold coin donation on entry.


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