With first and fourth grades being knocked out last weekend, 2nd and 3rd grades carry the club torch into the finals series.
How it works: the final series is based on 1st playing 6th on the table, 2nd vs 5th and 3rd vs 4th. Three winners plus the highest placed loser go through to the semis.
Second grade 4th on the table vs Randwick 3rd, 115pm, Sunday 24th July, North Sydney Oval
“We are ready to go,” said Mitch Daniels, No.7 and captain. “We are pretty excited about it and have prepared well this week.”
2nds had a confidence boosting win over Norths last weekend winning 35-7 away. “Yeah, everything just clicked. It is good that everything is coming together at the right time.”
“We have a fit team with a lethal backs combination and versatile pack,” continued Mitch enthusiastically. “We are going to keep running until we have to stop.”
Randwick beat the 2s convincingly in Round 6. “We were a bit unsettled early in the season with a lot of player movements in the club and injuries. We are a different proposition now.”
The strong half back pairing of Scott Bradley, #9 and players’ player of the season, and Shaun Treweek at #10 back from a stint in Scotland, will ignite the backline.
2nds half back, Scott Bradley, looking for the pass Photo Adam MacDonald
“One of the most improved this season is Kiwi Kapene-Belcher at fullback,” said Mitch. “He has worked really hard and gone from strength to strength. He is good in attack and at kicking.”
“We will have a light captains run tonight (Friday) and work through some of our plays. Then we are all set to go!”
Third grade 6th on the table vs Sydney Uni 1st, 11.40am, Saturday 23rd July, Sydney Uni Oval
“Uni has been the most consistent team of the season having got to the top spot,” said No 12 and 3rds captain, Anthony Bergelin. ”We’ve been a bit hard to gauge with ups and downs and a high player turnover.
“We’ve got a good mix of youth and experience,” explained Anthony. “Marshall Milroy is at fullback. He’s had a long playing career at Manly. And Alex Watson, at loose head, has shown he can perform at grade level after joining from ICMS this season.
“We’ve had a pretty stable core team in recent games. If we can match them upfront and stay in the game until half time, we should grow in confidence and will go all out for the win.”
3rds skipper and no 12, Anthony Bergelin Photo Adam MacDonald