Photo: Hastings Deering Colts coach Mark Gliddon and co-captains Simon Pratt and Jake House – credit: Erick Lucero/QRL
The Townsville Blackhawks and Suzuki Brisbane Tigers will contest the last Hastings Deering Colts grand final, at Kayo Stadium this coming Sunday.
The Blackhawks are the reigning premiers – they wear the crown, and the Suzuki Brisbane Tigers are the challenger.
This is the Blackhawks’ third Hastings Deering Colts grand final in a row, while this is the first time the Tigers have made it past week one.
The pathway to the grand final
It is probably as even as you can get for a grand final. The Tigers finished the regular season in second place and the Blackhawks in third.
When it came to finals the Tigers beat the Blackhawks in the first week 36 to 12 and earned a week off.
The Blackhawks then went the long way by beating the Sunshine Coast Falcons 44 to 30 and Tweed Seagulls 24 to 12 to progress to the 2023 grand final.
The Tigers beat the Redcliffe Dolphins in the preliminary final 36 to 14 to make Sunday’s grand final.
Our Suzuki Brisbane Tigers
Lachlan West: The battle of the fullback will be worth it. West has played 3 years of Colts and 46 games with an amazing 43 tries.
Samuela Vakadula: 14 games in 2023 and 2 tries.
Antioch Faitala-Mariner: The Tigers’ centre is a match-winner with 5 tries in 9 games.
Glenn Fisher: 14 games and 4 tries in 2023, the Tigers winger is a genuine finisher.
Bailey Black: Pulls the strings for our Tigers and scores points. 16 games, 5 tries and 79 goals makes him the key for our Colts.
Jake House: Is safe as a house. 15 games and the Tigers co-captain.
Madison Beckett: In his third year with our Tigers’ Colts, playing 16 games this year and 35 games in total.
Brayden Seu-Easthope: Came across from Wynnum-Manly to the Tigers this season and has played 14 games for the Tigers.
Casey Morgan: The wild card in the Tigers deck. The big forward has cut a path of destruction through every team this season.
Simon Pratt: In his third year of Colts and has played 43 games for the Tigers. 3 tries in the final against the Dolphins was a great reward for the co-captain.
Trent Veukiso: 15 games in 2023 up from 9 in 2022 shows improvement, and 8 tries this year show he is a real attacking weapon.
Brock Ashton: Another Tiger that’s played 3 years of Colts but has had a break out year with 13 games.
Jackson Chang: Has been coming off the bench for the Tigers and causing mayhem, playing 11 games and scored 3 tries.
Joe Nadenic: 16 games in 2023 for Joe in his first year in Colts, up from Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup in 2022.
Jordan Penquitt: Another Tiger development player who has now played 3 years of Colts.
Gabriel Reedy-Bartlett: 29 games in Colts for the Tigers after playing for Victoria in 2021.
Read the full team list here.
Tigers’ hooking weapon Jackson Chang will come off the bench and try and keep the momentum going for our Colts.
“I see my role as coming on and keep the intensity going from when the starters go off, there cannot be any drop off.
The Blackhawks’ forwards have all played Hostplus Cup and they get in position really well for (fullback) Wavik to run amok.
I am trying to keep it low key but it is a grand final, it is pretty exciting. This is why we play.”
Read more on QRL’s website.
2023 Grand Final Day information for Tigers fans
Hosted at Redcliffe’s Kayo Stadium, the Hostplus Cup and Hastings Deering Colts grand finals will showcase Queensland’s premier footballers as they battle it out for the 2023 premierships.
Here is everything you need to know for our Tigers’ Hostplus Cup and Hastings Deering Colts’ 2023 grand final day, Sunday 17 September.
Kayo Stadium – corner of Klingner Road and Ashmole Road, Redcliffe QLD 4020.
There will be a free shuttle service on loop from Kayo Stadium to Kippa-Ring Train Station from 10am to 6pm on game day.
There is limited parking at Kayo Stadium on event day. We strongly encourage you to make alternative parking arrangements or make use of the free shuttle service.
For more information about the stadium click here.
TIMINGS FOR GRAND FINAL DAY – Sunday 17 September
Gates Open: 2.45pm
Hastings Deering Colts grand final kick off: 3.15pm
Suzuki Brisbane Tigers vs Townsville Blackhawks
Hostplus Cup 2023 grand final kick off: 5.30pm
Suzuki Brisbane Tigers vs Burleigh Bears
For all ticketing options, including options to sit in the Tigers Supporter Bay, visit Ticketek’s website.
Tickets are priced from $15.
BROADCAST AND STREAMING OPTIONS
SUPPORTER BUSES FROM LANGLANDS PARK
Buses for Brisbane Tigers supporters will depart from Easts League Club (entrance on Main Avenue) at 2pm on Sunday 17 September.
After the Hostplus Cup grand final, buses will depart Kayo Stadium approx. 7.45pm and return to Easts League Club.
Seats are strictly limited to 250 people, so please purchase and reserve your seat via this link from Tuesday 12 September.
ATTENTION: THIS TICKET IS NOT FOR ENTRY TO THE GAME. This is only for a seat on the supporters bus.
You must buy your game day ticket separately.
Read more on QRL’s website here.