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Valleys eye three titles in Toowoomba grand finals

The stage is set for a huge Toowoomba Rugby League grand finale to conclude four senior competitions at Toowoomba Sports Reserve on Saturday.

Here's how they line up.

1pm: Under 19 – Valleys V Highfields

Valleys are the minor premiers, while Highfields are the defending premiers.

Valleys narrowly defeated Highfields 12-10 two weeks ago in the major semi-final and Highfields defeated Valleys 20-14 in the Roosters only defeat of the season.

Key players in this game are Under 19 player of the year Braiden Driscoll for Valleys and Declan Ryan for Highfields.

This game is shaping up as the game of the day as the under 19 finals have been very close throughout the series.

2.45pm: Women – Gatton V Newtown

This is a replay of last year’s grand final of which Gatton won well.

The Hawks are attempting to win the grand final three years in a row.

Newtown defeated Gatton 16-12 in round 12 - Gatton’s only defeat in three seasons.

Key players are Gatton captain Kim Dore, and for Newtown their captain Natalie Parsons.

Both these players are wonderful leaders and role models, while each team have their strike players like Courtney Robinson and Hancock Edwards medallist Nat Webb for Gatton. Paige Edwards and Leah Peckham could be dangerous for Newtown.

4.30pm: Reserve Grade – Valleys V Dalby

The start of two clubs playing the last two games on grand final day.

It is very important for these sides to clinch the grand final to give their respective A grade sides a boost.

The reserve grade competition has been very close all season.

Valleys defeated minor premiers Wattles 13-12 in an epic major semi-final two weeks ago.

On the same weekend Dalby scraped through 21-20 against Goondiwindi before they defeated Wattles 34-26 last week.

Let’s not forget that these two sides met in the first week of the finals in another close game, when Valleys won 22-18 coming from behind. 

Watch out for Valleys' Harry Tombs and Dalby's Travis Babington.

6.30pm: A Grade - Dalby V Valleys

Both these sides met in the major semi final in an epic 38-34 win to Dalby with Webcke Price Medal recipient Chris Woodbridge scoring in the final minute to snatch a grand final berth.

Valleys bounced back last week defeating Gatton 34-14 in the preliminary final.

The major semi final was a brutal affair between these two packs.

Each team have some big men with team of the year front rower Xavier Manley leading the way for the Dalby Diehards and Chris Gesch leading the way for Valleys.

Veterans Jon Palavi (Dalby) and Drew Jackson (Valleys) certainly help in each
side’s meterage.

The ageless Steve Franciscus will captain Dalby, with the hard working Jason Sharp captaining his beloved Roosters.

The two fullbacks are the key for both sides. Certainly, Chris Woodbridge can score from anywhere, whilst Valleys' Dylan Chown’s support play is second to none in the competition.

All grand finals in the Toowoomba rugby league are shaping up as the closest contests of the season, setting a fitting scene for the first TRL A grade grand final to be played on a Saturday night.

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