ON THE FIELD: Action from the under-18s match between Mitchell Magpies and Chinchilla Bulldogs earlier this year. Both sides are in the finals this year.
ON THE FIELD: Action from the under-18s match between Mitchell Magpies and Chinchilla Bulldogs earlier this year. Both sides are in the finals this year. Tom Gillespie

Roma District Rugby League finals: How your club is looking

FIVE clubs across four grades will put their seasons on the line this weekend in the first weekend of the RDRL finals series.

Roma Cities (under-16s), Mitchell (under-18s) and Wallumbilla-Surat (under-18s and A-grade) will play sudden-death footy on Sunday at Bassett Park.

The winner will get the chance to play for a spot in the grand-final in a fortnight's time against the loser of the qualifying finals next week.

Matches start from 11am.

Roma Cities

The Gladiators under-16s will want to move into the next weekend of the finals with the other Roma Cities side, but will have to overcome a dogged Saints side to do so.

Chinchilla

Three of the Bulldogs' four grades finished in the top two, earning them a week off.

The only black mark for the club was the Reserve Grade side, who embarrassingly failed to reach the finals despite being the minor premiers.

Miles/Wandoan-Taroom

Meanwhile, the Wandoan-Taroom Battlers have qualified for the finals for the second time in a row in Reserve Grade and will play St George for a spot in the preliminary final.

The Battlers, who play as the Reserve Grade side for Miles, have been the only bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season for the Devils, finishing last in under-18s and second-last in the A-grade and under-16s.

Mitchell

The Mitchell Magpies will be banking on their under-18s to provide a bright spark to their season, having been the only thing to celebrate all year.

The U18s team account for eight of the club's nine wins this year, and comfortably held third spot from the Red Bulls by six competition points.

St George

St George only have three grades in the finals series this year and no team made the top two, meaning all will play sudden-death this weekend.

Their Reserve Grade side was leading the competition prior to the final round, but will now have to fight for their survival after last weekend's heavy loss to the Red Bulls relegated them to third.

This is despite scoring more points (462) than any other senior team in 2016 (except for St George's A-grade team, who managed 472 points in just 12 matches).

Wallumbilla-Surat

With their Reserve Grade side earning a week off thanks their massive win over St George, the Red Bulls have only two sides in the elimination round and join Roma Cities as the only clubs to field sides in all grades for finals.

Their under-18s will need to be good to defeat the more highly-fancied Mitchell outfit, while the A-grade troops will head into Sunday's match against the Saints full of confidence after defeating them last week.

The final RDRL table for 2016.
The final RDRL table for 2016. Contributed

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