By Liam Emerton
The Rockhampton Leagues Club Central Queensland Capras will play their final game of the 2021 season this weekend and would like to finish how they started.
Back in February the CQ Capras hosted a trial game against the Sunshine Coast Falcons and won by 22 points to kick start our season.
But clearly the season hasn’t gone as planned for our local side and this Sunday will see our team attempt to climb from the bottom of the ladder.
That will be the Capras main goal, ending a tough season on a high, however the Sunshine Coast Falcons will be looking to swoop in on finals footy.
The Falcons, who currently sit in ninth position, are one point outside the top eight and just a win away from sneaking up to sixth place.
Sunshine Coast will be full of intensity knowing a win will likely see them progress, as the three teams above them face stiff opposition in the final round of the season.
Central Queensland is coming off a tight loss to the PNG Hunters, in a game that saw our side lose 22-20 despite the Capras scoring two late tries.
Centre Caleb Tull scored on the bell, but was unable to convert his own shot at goal, giving the Hunters a two-point victory.
A win or draw for our team would have been a huge momentum boost heading into this match however with nothing except a potential 13th place position to play for, it could be a tough afternoon for our lads.
For our younger Capras, they have one last chance to make the top eight however it will be a near-impossible task.
The under-21 team will take on the SC Falcons as well this weekend, but will need to make up a point differential of 120 – and hope the two teams directly above them lose this weekend.
Our Colts will need the Burleigh Bears to lose by 50 plus and the Mackay Cutters to lose by 60 or more to have any chance of qualifying for the top eight.
The Capras will then need to win by 60 or more against the Falcons, which is a tall task in itself!
Anything is possible in rugby league but it would be a miracle if we get to watch our young guns in the finals series.
Our boys will at least be looking to win and – after coming off a 32-22 victory over the Mustangs – a strong result is certainly in the realm of possibility.
Centre Coby Williamson’s late double helped seal that contest for the young Capras squad, handing them the slimmest chance of finals footy.
Those games are set to take place at the Sunshine Coast Stadium on Sunday afternoon.