Park Ridge Pirates take on Beenleigh Buffaloes in grand final

JUBILANT: The under 15 Park Ridge Pirates girls side defeated Victoria Point to win the season premiership.
JUBILANT: The under 15 Park Ridge Pirates girls side defeated Victoria Point to win the season premiership.

THE Park Ridge Pirates will fight to take revenge against the Beenleigh Buffaloes in an AFL grand final battle.

Park Ridge defeated Coolangatta 108 to 91 points to secure their place in the final on Sunday, September 16 at Yeronga from 2.30pm.

Coach Andy Colenso said Park Ridge came back from behind in the first quarter to win a close match.

“(Coolangatta) kicked the first four goals of the day and it was looking pretty ordinary,” he said.

“We made a few adjustments at quarter time and came back in the second quarter. We controlled the game after half time.”

Park Ridge will look to even the score against their grand final opponents Beenleigh after losing by a 39-point margin on September 1.

Coach Colenso said the Pirates would pay more respect to their opponents in their final clash and play with a different mindset.

“I think we are confident in our ability and we have been best side all year...we are quietly confident we can win,” he said.

This year is the first time the Park Ridge seniors made it to the grand final since the side was formed five years ago.

Coach Colenso said it would be a historic moment for the club to walk away from the grand final with a  win.

“It would be a fantastic achievement for everyone who worked so hard to get to this level,” he said.

The Pirates are celebrating after the under 15 division one girls claimed the season premiership against Victoria Point with a convincing win 42 to 14 over the weekend.

The under 16 Park Ridge Pirates also made the grand final but were defeated by Morningside.