Queensland Premier Rugby Grand Final Preview

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The Queensland Premier Rugby grand final kicks off on Sunday at University of Queensland and GPS go head-to-head at Ballymore.

After two weeks of semi and preliminary finals, five of our clubs will field teams over the two days of action. Brothers have seven teams in the finals while the University of Queensland have five. GPS, Sunnybank, and Souths will also be represented across the weekend.

The 2017 Premier Grade season has kept fans guessing since it kicked off all the way back in March. There were upsets and emphatic victories but one of the highlights has to be Wests featuring in the finals for the first time in 10 years.

Minor premiers UQ lifted their second-straight Horsley cup after recording a near-perfect 15 from 16 regular seasons while Sunnybank made it through to the preliminary final for the second year in-a-row.

GPS will enter Sunday’s grand final on a seven-match winning streak as they go searching for their first Hospital Cup in 21 years. These sides haven’t met in a grand final since 1972 so a huge crowd is expected at Ballymore.

You can purchase tickets online at www.redsrugby.com.au

If you can’t make it out to Ballymore, the match will be live streamed via both Facebook LIVE and www.redsrugby.com.au

Preview the weekend’s matches and gain further insight into the competition in the Queensland Premier Rugby Weekly digital program: http://bit.ly/QPRGrandFinal

To view the competition ladder, follow this link:  http://bit.ly/PremGradeLadder

UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND v GPS – Grand Final | Ballymore, kick-off 3:15 pm

In a rematch of the major semi-final, these two will face off in a grand final for the first time since 1972. UQ recorded a 15 from 16 regular seasons before GPS stunned them in the major with a 42-24 win. They turned their fortunes around last week in the preliminary final and will now go searching for their fourth premiership under head coach Mick Heenan.

It’s been 21 years since GPS last lifted the Hospital Cup and the Gallopers have had two weeks to prepare for their major semi-final success. GPS finished the regular season in the second spot but will arrive at Ballymore on Sunday as the in-form side, having won their last seven matches.

University of Queensland: Sef Fa’agase, Campbell Wakely, Reuben Leilua, Patrick Morrey, Sam Pim, Angus Scott-Young, Jack de Guigand, Jack Cornelsen, Moses Sorovi, James Dalgleish, Harry Parker, Alex Horan, Josh Birch, Jock Campbell, Nathan Russell

Reserves – Thomas Mellor, Pat Fepuleai, Tony Cusack, Harry Hockings, Connor Moroney, Tate McDermott, Tom Given, Gareth Kalell

GPS: Laione Mulikihaamea, Ryan Freney, Fred Burke, Radike Samo, Dan Gorman, Michael Richards, Waita Setu, Mitch King, Nick Frisby, James Tuttle, Chris Kuridrani, AJ Alatimu, Maaloga Konelio, Eric Vusikicakau, Todd Winkley

Reserves – Troy Simkin, Naverika Pologa, Trent Anderson, Dan Byrne, Jono Ellis, Conor Cowhig, James Herbert, Pat Nicholson

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