NEW VENUE: Ballandean will host the semi-finals this weekend after Tenterfield played host in last season's deciding matches.
NEW VENUE: Ballandean will host the semi-finals this weekend after Tenterfield played host in last season's deciding matches. Matthew Purcell

Semi-finals hit fever pitch

FOOTBALL: For the first time in the club's esteemed history Ballandean hosted last season's grand finals.

They'll back it up this weekend as they welcome player's from six clubs in this year's Football Stanthorpe major and minor semi-finals.

"Teams that finished one and two on the ladder will play on Saturday for the right to advance directly to the grand final on September 8, while the loser will have to play the winner of the Sunday games.

"Sunday will represent the teams that finished third and forth on the table with the loser finished for the year,” Ballandean Football Club president Neil Newman said.

"All games are scheduled to start at their normal times, but it's worth noting that all games need to have a winner so extra time and penalty shoot-outs may be required to find a winner and therefore games may run late.

"With the likelihood of rain, we'll be looking at having marquees set up similar to last year's grand final to offer spectators shelter from the elements. We can assure you that our canteen will be providing our usual range of hot food and goodies to keep everyone fed and warm on the day,” Newman said.

Games on Saturday will start at 10.30am with Inter taking on Ballandean in the Fillies.

Inter will head to the semi full of confidence, having topped the table and been largely untroubled this year.

Later in the day the Ladies will kick-off at 2.40pm. City, under Lydia Barker, have been one of the surprise packets of the year after a disappointing 2017.

In the day's big contest, home side Ballandean will take on last year's grand final winners, Stanthorpe United, in the A-grade.

United dropped points in only one game this season, on August 4 against their semi-final adversaries.

Ballandean will be without John Spiller, but will take confidence and home ground and spectator advantage into the clash.

The club will do it all again on Sunday, with Carlton and City's Fillies starting off the day.

"We wish everyone a safe final series and may good football be the winner,” Newman said.

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