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By Pat McLeod
Bond University Rugby Club has scored its first win of the finals series.
With the Covid-delayed and abridged finals starting next Saturday, August 28, Bond have successfully negotiated with the Queensland Rugby Union to have both Colts teams playing at the same venue.
Originally Colts 1 were playing at GPS and Colts 2 at Norths. However, on Friday Bond rugby officials were able to convince QRU decision-makers to move Colts 1 to Norths.
The draw for the four Bull Sharks teams in next weekend’s elimination finals is now:
Saturday August 28:
10am: Bond Colts 2 v Brothers (at Norths)
11.30am: Bond Colts 1 v Easts (at Norths)
5pm: Bond Premier Women v GPS (at GPS)
Sunday August 29:
1.30pm: Bond Second Grade v Souths (at GPS).
Director of Bond Rugby Luca Liussi described the venue change for Colts 1 as ‘a good result’.
“There will be a number of players who are likely to be backing up from Colts 2 to play Colts 1, so that would have meant a drive across town,” he said.
Covid-related training restrictions were further eased on Friday, meaning the four Bond teams were able to come together across the weekend for the first time since restrictions were imposed on Saturday, July 31.
“The players are excited to be back together training,” said Liussi. “They have been working hard on their fitness during restrictions and are happy to be back training together and playing, but with the bizarre nature of Covid things can change on a dime. They also just want to get the season finished.
“Having four teams in the finals is a great result for the club and everyone involved in it. There is a real confidence in what we can achieve, not only this coming weekend, but also the weekend after.
“But the focus is next weekend.”
Liussi said there would be announcements in the coming days in relation to arrangements for supporters attending finals matches.