Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Gympie's Last Decider; Heat Set to Test Combatants in Grand Final Clash

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Gympie's Last Decider; Heat Set to Test Combatants in Grand Final Clash

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REBECCA SINGH

SPORT reporter

rebecca.singh@gympietimes.com

Grand final matches

Lions red v Lions White (girls) field 1 at 10am.

Lions v Columbia (youth 3) field 1 at 12.05pm.

Diggers v Lions red (youth 2) field 1 at 1.25pm.

Lions v Diggers maroons (women's) field 1 3.25pm.

Gympie United Gladiators presentations after the women's game.

Columbia gold v Diggers (men's) field 1 at 6.30pm.

Football: The rivalry will continue for one last time between the Lions and Diggers at today's grand final.

As Football Gympie joins the Sunshine Coast Football Competition, this will be the last time the grand finals will be held in Gympie.

During the regular season, Lions red and Diggers have been neck and neck.

The two have battled for the top two spots all year.

Josh Rigby (Diggers captain/forward) and Dhingi Malek (Lions forward) have fought all year for first spot on the top goal scorers ladder.

"They have been neck and neck all season but Dhingi will definitely try and snag a couple," Lions coach Kylie Wheeler said.

Wheeler will head into her third grand final match with a perfect record, coaching two under-16s sides in the past two year.

"The pressure is on. I am going for the hat-trick," she said.

But the Diggers will aim to spoil that party, according to Diggers coach Kevin McGrath.

"These boys have led the competition pretty much all year and at times played with eight players from injuries and people being away," McGrath said.

"We have had a week off and played straight through and that puts the mockers on a lot of teams but we have been talking about complacency."

With the two sides down on numbers, it is not unfamiliar territory.

"We are down a few players. One is out because of sickness and the other has had minor surgery but we will be down to one sub," McGrath said. …

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