Caboolture Rugby people have been waiting a long time for this Saturday, 30 years to be exact. It has been a long time to wait to contest an A Grade Final but they are in it and ready to take on the Noosa Dolphins
From humble beginnings when a few like minded rugby tragic decided Caboolture was in need of a rugby team to today the Caboolture Snakes have been a very social club in our competition. After a game their traditions at the post game speeches have always been entertaining and their junior talent has always been an eye opener. Over the past decade the Snakes have had plenty of Colts teams contest the big game at the end of the season, although with mixed results on those days the warnings were there that one day the Caboolture team will be threatening in the top grade. This Saturday could be that day!
The Snakes have gone 30 years of playing in either the Brisbane competition or the Sunshine Coast competition without taking out the big one. A few years ago they put together their most complete season to grab fourth spot on the ladder only to be knocked out in the first week of the semis. A number of the current crop will remember that experience which one can only think has inspired them when entering the finals this season. The Snakes hit the ground running in 2012 with fullback Jay Forrester the shining light scoring an amazing 25 tries over the regular season. The rangy fullback with a build and running style many compare to Rugby League’s Josh Dugan has been a threat in the competition for years but in 2012 Forrester has stepped things up. Its not just Forrester that has gotten the Snakes their +657 points in the season. The entire side has contributed well to form an amazing attacking unit. Each member of the squad has gone about doing their job to the best of their ability and with all the pieces coming together the Snakes have scored some amazing tries.
Saturday will see the Caboolture boys travel up the Bruce with an army of supporters ready to make their assault on the title. If they are successful they will be just the fourth club to hold the trophy aloft in three decades of Sunshine Coast Rugby. The only thing standing in their way is the Noosa Dolphins, a tenacious side that knows how to win the big games and has made a habit of being there on Grand Final day.
Stay tuned for a look at the Noosa team and their journey to the decider this year.