Bears prepare for do-or-die game as finals begin tomorrow
THIS is the weekend captain Jonty Calleja has been waiting for all season: The Chinchilla Bears have made it into the finals of the Toowoomba Football League and sit third on the ladder after an impressive 4-1 win in the final fixture on Sunday against Gatton.
"It's really all down to the do-or-die games now,” Calleja said.
"We are going to have to give it everything we've got to stay in the running to make the grand final.”
The Bears will play fourth placed Garden City tomorrow afternoon in Toowoomba, and need to win to progress into the preliminary final.
The Bears are in for a tough match after Rockville beat Garden City 1-0 last weekend but Calleja is confident they have what it takes.
"Last weekend saw us really step up our movement on the ball with a lot more accuracy with our passes. If we continue the way we've been playing lately, I think we will be on the right track,” he said.
He didn't expect to finish up in the top three after the first few games of the season saw the Bears off to a wobbly start.
"Every single team member has dug deep this season and the hard work has paid off for us, now we just need to put our heads down this weekend and make sure we don't make any big mistakes.”
Calleja said it would be the first time facing finals fever for four of the younger Bears, including his own younger brother and star keeper, Coby Calleja.
"I played my first final game back in 2016 and know from experience how tough the two hours of football can be,” Jonty said.
"It's a big step up from a normal round and the boys are going to have to be hungry and want that win more than Garden City.”
To support the mighty Bears this weekend, head to the West Wanderers field in Toowoomba tomorrow for a 1pm kick-off.