By Liam Emerton
The Rugby Capricornia competition will enter the first round of its finals series as the local team looks towards the grand final.
The Gladstone Goats are just one win away from the big dance but face the ultimate test if they’re to get there.
The GRUFCs will have to defeat the minor premiers Dawson Valley Drovers in their own backyard.
The two teams, as well as the other two finals being played, will travel to The Stockyard.
The minor premiers have been a force at home having been untouchable, winning all six of their games at the ground this year.
The Goats will have their hands full having lost three times this season to the Valley, including a 48-0 loss three weeks ago on neutral territory.
Having dropped a win against Frenchville in the second round robin match, the Gladstone side came back strong and won a crucial match against Colts on the weekend.
The local team won 23-17 with a David Gabriel crossing the try line twice and Alex Clark adding another to the scoreboard.
David West knocked over a single conversion but made the most of two penalty shots at goal, nailing both.
The win saved the Goats from an elimination tie with the Frenchville Pioneers and in turn sent the Colts into that do-or-die final.
For the GRUFC, its match against the Drovers will come with a second chance.
If Gladstone is to lose that qualifying final, it will clash next week with the winner of the Colts and Frenchville elimination tie.
In the ladies competition, Grufettes made their finals intentions clear with two dominant victories.
The side defeated Colts 17-0 before dismantling the Rockhampton Brothers 50-0.
Tash Van der Breggen scored a hattrick and converted two of her tries to help the ladies push towards the final.
The team will be playing at home this weekend, but it’s unclear at this stage which teams will be available for the competition.