Roma Cities players Matt Waites (A-Grade), Jeff Connolly (Reserve Grade) and Owen Williams (under-18s) are ready for the RDRL grand final day on Sunday.
Roma Cities players Matt Waites (A-Grade), Jeff Connolly (Reserve Grade) and Owen Williams (under-18s) are ready for the RDRL grand final day on Sunday. Tom Gillespie

Roma Cities: their best chance yet to win A-Grade title

ROMA Cities' A-Grade side showed last they can play brilliant rugby league - now they need to prove it on the biggest stage.

A nearly-flawless 68-4 mauling of St George Saints has set up the mouth-watering re-match with the Chinchilla Bulldogs on Sunday, with a chance to win their first A-Grade premiership since 2004.

This will be the tenth time these two side have played each other in the last two seasons, and at least the third straight time they've met in the finals series.

Coach Sam Bartley was pleased with the effort and execution her saw against the Saints on the weekend, but is adamant the Bulldogs will be a whole different breed.

"I was really happy with how our boys went. We are finally getting some consistency,” he said.

"All year we've had different players away for different reasons and we're now just seeing some consistency.

"Chinchilla play a compact defence and we've played them enough times to know they do it well.

"We have to combat those strengths. Their kick-chase game is really strong.”

Bartley said it was hard to judge how how much Cities improved against St George, who were missing key players and well below their best.

But he knows what they produced two weeks ago against the Bulldogs, which forced them to play the preliminary final, will not be enough for victory.

"We're going to have to communicate,” he said.

"We're going to have to do the little things right and hope we can reverse the score-board.

"We played very close games all year, and I think the win on the weekend was no fluke - we've known we can play good football and we're just starting to do that.

"We hope to bring a game that will be able to beat them.”

SQUAD: Billy Coonan, Tom Barron, Locky Hoey, Matty Waites (C), Shannon Irwin, Alex Coonan, Tom Packer, Zac Downey, Tyson Jackson, Dan Lucas, Ronny Willett, Braden Collins, Chris Gelhaar, Dan Murray, Clancy Stanford, David Dingwall, Ricki Bonsey


THE Gladiators will face their old enemy the Red Bulls in the Reserve Grade Grand Final, with the clubs sharing one of the fiercest rivalries in the competition.

It is only fitting the two sides face each other in the grand final, having been the two best sides in the grade for most of the year.

Ironically, Cities were gifted the minor premiership after the Red Bulls thrashed St George in the final round of the regular season.

SQUAD: Dean Kennedy, Gean Beck, Stephen Coupe, Will Clarke, Jeremy Green, Jeff Connolly, Rehtt Lewis, Alby Tardent, Elliot Lewis, Alistair Lobb, Darren Haddock, Nick Clifton, Rob Ryan, RJ Landers, Campbell Crouchley, Brenton Martin, David Laverty, Clancy Sheehan


SCOTT Hilton's under-18s will look to make it a three-peat by beating Mitchell on Sunday in the grand final.

The Gladiators have now contested the last four under-18s grand finals, dating back to 2013 when they were beaten by St George.

Cities also earned their third-straight minor premiership this year, and have lost just one game since 2014.

SQUAD: Tom Barron, Joel Ramage, Regan Tucker, Kaleb Ryan, Alex Connell, Jake Street, Joey Packer, Bailey Lambourne, Ryan O'Brien, Taine Duff, Owen Williams, Clay Jackson, Danyon Waldon, Thomas Campbell, James Balagbis, Darcy Brown, Nathan Callaghan, William Bietz, Gerard Treasure, Tom Eddie

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