FINALS fever has hit Moree and our local coaches are ready and raring to take on the competition.
Moree Boomerangs A grade coach Warren Sampson said this weekend’s “do or die” contest against the Tingha Tigers will be a game not to miss.
“We need to beat Tingha to secure fourth spot and advance to the semi-finals,” Sampson said.
The Rangs A grade side have had two weekends off playing and according to Sampson are hungry for this weekend’s clash.
“We will have a full strength side and the boys are well rested and have been training hard. We were knocked out this time last year so we won’t be making the same mistakes.
“We will be showing Group 19 that the Rangs are ready to play,” Sampson said.
The Moree Boomerangs reserve grade side are currently sitting on top of the ladder and if victorious this weekend will become Group 19 minor premiers.
The under 18s will also be fighting to survive this weekend as they take on Tingha at Taylor Oval.
Meanwhile, the Moree Boars reserve grade side will be flying the blue and white flag as they take on either West or North Tamworth next weekend.
After knocking out Narrabri last Sunday 22-20 in the minor semi-final, coach Brett Brazel assures the Champion that his boys are ready to go.
“I think last weekend’s win against Narrabri put a lot of confidence back into the side. North and West Tamworth will play off this weekend and we will play the looser.
“The winner of that game will advance to the grand final,” Brazel said.
He said next weekend’s game would be won in the backs, although the forwards would need to muscle up if the Boars had a chance of making the grand final.
“If we keep the same intensity that we showed against Narrabri we have a good chance of winning the competition,” he said.
The Moree Boars A grade side have been knocked out of the competition but will be supporting the reserves from the sideline when they take on Tamworth.
In the local union competition the Weebolla Bulls reserve grade side plan on making it all the way to the top as they take on Barraba this weekend in the final home game for the year.
Captain/coach Mick Grant said the Bulls were confident in making it to the next stage of the competition.
“We will have to win the next two games plus secure the bonus point if we are to have a chance of making it into the finals,” Grant said.
A few niggling injuries which have plagued the side during the past few weeks are no longer a problem according to Grant.
“We should be at full strength. I’ve heard whispers that Barraba plan on stacking their side with A grade players - bring it on I say.”
Across to another code and the Moree FC are preparing for a busy weekend at home with two matches this Saturday and Sunday.
With three more weekends of play before the finals, Moree FC coach Darrel Smith is confident his side can bring home the bacon.
“We are sitting in fourth spot on the ladder and will be coming up against two tough sides this weekend,” Smith said.
Moree FC will be playing the Tamworth Companions on Saturday, a team that is trailing Moree by two points on the ladder.
The following day they will take on front-runners Tamworth FC who are leading the competition.
“We have two players who are back from suspension this weekend which will help us against two very tough sides,” Smith said.