Updated: Oct 29, 2020
Get excited people, Queensland Premier Rugby finals are here and guess what, they're going to be better than the previous few years.
Why? Ballymore is serving XXXX Gold over the course of the weekend instead of the infamous Ballymore lager they punished everyone with in recent times.
In similar fashion to the two previous seasons, the men and women from Crosby Park have once again proven themselves to be the most consistent club in both Queensland and Australian rugby.
Brothers, the back-to-back Doughty Shield victories, albeit in a draw this year with Easts, are set to feature in 8 of 10 Grand Finals across the weekend. For those playing along at home, that makes it 24 grand finals out of a possible 30 in the past 3 years.
Colts rugby went to under 20's this year, this created a shitload of depth throughout the competition. UQ and Brothers seem to have benefited the most, they're fighting out all of the colts finals.
The first final on Saturday may well be the most highly anticipated of them all, it's set to be a thriller and a re-match of last year's final.
The Colts 3 grudge match. An 8:10am kickoff - under the early morning flood lights.
Once again, it’s father-son coaching/captain combo Nathan and Pat Eadie from UQ (yes he really made his son the captain) taking on the Brethren powerhouse and cult hero coaching combo Jon ‘J.I’ Irwin and Liam ‘Bonkers’ McKeown.
Jon and Liam’s ‘royalty status’ around Brothers is an accumulation of their love for the players, club, rugby, beers and oh yeah, their coaching. This being 5 from 5 Grand finals as a coaching duo, they've managed to win 2 premierships thus far, will Saturday be a third?
Unlike UQ - who seem to gain new men within their lineup each week - the Brothers Colts 3 side have shown dedication and consistency over the course of 3 years as a playing group.
Although, lacking the presence of 2019 winning Grand Final captain and man of the match, Aidan Lewers due to injury - the men in blue and white have spent plenty of time together, on and off the park.
In fact, only 6 of the Brothers match-day 23 haven’t played in a previous Grand Final under the Irwin-McKeown reign.
Brothers forwards Jack Bowden and Will Hains will set the standard as per usual with their hard contact and line speed around the middle of the park. Whilst prop Zak Smith and second rower Will Reid will be focusing on finishing their season without getting sin binned, again.
UQ are set to be ready to go and are no doubt the testing material after earning themselves a week off before the big dance.
The quick ball produced from forwards like Quentin Raravula - who has also found time in Reserve Grade this year - allows them to spread it from edge to edge to make life easier for their nifty outside backs.
The likes of Alex Moses on the wing for the Heavies will test the Brothers defense. Moses, who in 2019 played a season for the Hong Kong Football Club and represented the King’s College open 7’s side in 2020 has somehow fit into the UQ Colts 3 side…lucky there isn’t a salary cap.
Winning the Colts 3 minor premiership in 2019 as well, the Students are hungry to get their hands on the cup in 2020. The UQ Rugby community, however, are pleading that their Colts 3 side do not replicate their pre-match uniform to that of 2019. Being, a parade of matching suits accompanied with the ‘UQ business tie’. Ultimately, resulting in a grand final loss due to heat exhaustion and cockiness.
Will it be the Brethren who retain the Colts 3 Cup? Or will it be the Students who carry their season form to steal it from the Crosby Park men?
Ballymore is the make or break of teams, the true test of courage, companionship as well as piss fitness.