The Pambula-Merimbula under 18 Bulldogs will face off with the Bega Roosters for a spot in the Group 16 grand final.
The Bulldogs were the first team to upset the Roosters in over three years, scoring a couple of handy wins over their opponents this season, securing the minor premiership in the process.
The young ‘Doggies are well aware that it won’t be an easy task to take on the Roosters in Moruya this weekend, but there isn’t a team in the competition more capable of holding the reigning premiers out than the rising Bulldogs.
Under 18s coach Bernie Maher said he was proud of the efforts from his squad, but conceded he was impressed watching the Roosters get over the Sharks in the qualifying final.
“They never gave up and ended with a very courageous win in the dying seconds of the match,” Maher said.
“I thought they showed real guts, but that is just my opinion.
“We can’t afford to be complacent as there is still a long way to go before the grand final and there is still four good teams in the hunt for this year’s premiership.”
Moruya will face Cooma in the minor semi-final.
The Bulldogs face Bega at Moruya’s Ack Weyman Oval on Sunday. ”There is a lot of very talented footballers in these teams and anything can happen in the finals,” Maher said.
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