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Bowral secures chance

EYES ON THE PRIZE: Dan Collins and his Bowral Blacks first grade team mates are heading to the 2016 rugby union finals. Photo by Mindy Hindmarsh
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THE Bowral Blacks are heading to the 2016 finals series.

The Blacks have secured fourth spot on the ladder with one round remaining in the first grade competition.

Bowral booked a semi-finals berth with a 49-0 win over Shoalhaven on Saturday in the Illawarra District Rugby Competition.

The finals will get underway on August 20.

It is the first time since 2008 that Bowral has reached the senior finals series.

Blacks club president Mark Fruend said it was a remarkable achievement for the club.

Fruend has linedup in the front row for the Blacks first grade side in 2016.

He said the team had shown great improvement under the guidance of coaches Gene Fairbanks and Al Kanaar.

Fruend said the side started to improve last year under then coach Paul Frean with support from Fairbanks.

“Fitness has been the biggest thing this year, it’s been hammered into us,” Fruend said.

“It shows in the different football that we’re playing since the start of the year.

“This has been one of the best years I’ve been involved in at the club.

“We celebrated well on Saturday night.”

It has been an impressive turnaround for the Blacks in the past two years.

In May 2015, Bowral broke through for a watershed 19-18 win in extra time against Camden.

It was the first time Bowral’s senior side had secured victory in five years.

The Blacks played more than 90 matches during that winless period.

Fruend has been at the club for the past 19 years.

He said he had seen plenty of up and downs during his rugby career at the Bowral club.

Fruend said it was special to book a spot in the finals this year.

“It’s a great feeling, especially for those guys who have been playing for the last eight years,” he said.

Fruend said he was part of the Bowral side that reached the finals in 2008.

“We lost our first semi-final that year to Shoalhaven,” he said.

“It was disappointing because we had a really good side that year.”

The Blacks last won the first grade premiership in 1998 and 1999.

The side reached the grand final in 2002 but lost to Kiama.

The Blacks will play their last home game this Saturday ahead of the finals.

The Bowral side will host Kiama at Eridge Park.

The match will coincide with the club’sFamily Day.

Fruend said the event was an opportunity for the club to thank its supporters.

He said he hoped to see a big crowd for Bowral’s last home game of the season.

“We will be going into the finals with confidence,” he said.

“But we are taking each game as it comes.”

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