Touching finale to finish football season

IT WILL be a touching finish to the Betta Home Living Bega Touch Football grand finals tonight at the Bega Athletics Field. 

Games will start from 6.15pm to decide the winners of each division. 

Organisers said the competition had been an excellent success boasting 20 teams and over 200 players.

Bega Roosters president Garry Arkin said the competition “has set the future of the game in Bega”.

Arkin said he was excited for tonight’s games.

“The A grade clash will be a great contest with Outta Nick facing off with AEC for the prize,” Arkin said. 

“Outta Nick will go into the clash without Andrew Badullovich, but still boast a formidable side with the flying Craig Dunham and ball player Scott Fuller the centre piece of their attack.

“Kezie Apps and Trudi Badullovich are two great competitors and  they will need to be at their best to hold out AEC,” he said. 

 Led by Roosters prop Dayne Burton, AEC have arrived at the grand final after overcoming  the Angledale Drop Bears in a thriller.

Burton’s experience and offloads will see him instrumental again in paving the way for the likes of Matt and Sam Blacker . 

Meanwhile, the B grade final sees David Boyle’s Cobargo side face off against the Zephyrs “in what will be a cracker of a game”.

“Boyle receives great support from Robinson, Gannon and McGovern alongside daughter Millie who is an outstanding talent,” Arkin said. 

However, Ray Ryan’s Zephyrs have proven the “giant killers” of the competition and, following on from success in the Candelo tournament, they have maintained their form and will be out to shut down the Cobargo machine. 

The C grade clash will be a no holds barred contest.

The Wolumla squad will be spearheaded by the McPauls, Stuart and Kirsty. 

Arkin said the duo would be well supported.

“Hyland and Caitlin and the Cochrane boys will help lining up against the Knights,” Arkin said. 

“The Knights have their fans, with Wayne Northey in strong form running into holes created by his brother Russell and with the Fuller brothers, Chloe Lucas and co in rare form, the Knights will give this competition a real shake,” he said.  

The D grade contest sees the Commercial Hotel up against Bega Minor League in a “David and Goliath” contest. 

Arkin said the Commercial team could prove a real handful with experience from “Heff” and Steven Luff. 

However, Minor League’s young and fast talent will “work like beavers - constantly  at the Commercials heels”.

 The consolation trophy will be held between the Chiefs and Bega All Signs.

Arkin said the Chiefs are dangerous if they have a full roster. 

“All signs will look to captain Michael Haigh for their motivation and will provide plenty of defiance.” 

Kick off for all games is at 6.15pm and a presentation will be held afterwards in the Grand Hotel beer garden. 

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