A loss to Leeton tomorrow would spell the end of the Drovers' 2014 season.August 8, 2014 2:00am
Deniliquin’s Southern Inland Rugby Union season boils down to tomorrow’s final-round clash with Leeton.
The outcome of the match at Hardinge St Oval will set up or destroy the Drovers’ finals aspirations.
In order to go on to the Romano’s Cup semi-final, the locals have to beat cellar dweller Leeton and collect a bonus point (four or more tries).
They also have to hope ladder leader Young defeats Wagga City (2nd) at Wagga.
The equation is simple: The top two teams on the ladder after tomorrow’s round will play off for a spot in the grand final.
‘‘We only have one option if we want to play in the semi-finals and that’s win with maximum points,’’ Drovers coach Warwick Strong said.
‘‘Last week was a draw (against Cootamundra) but the past four weeks have been excellent.
‘‘It’s sort of a strange position to be in because we have done so well and yet we could miss out on finals.
‘‘Young also has to beat Wagga City for us to qualify, but that’s simply out of our hands.
‘‘Had we won a few of the close games earlier in the year we would be fine.’’
In a massive blow for the Drovers, they will be without Reed Jackson for the rest of the season with the star break away in New Zealand.
Livewire forward Storm Tamati has missed recent weeks and is still under an injury cloud.
‘‘With such a big game I’m hoping we are able to pick up a few numbers,’’ Strong said.
SIRU second grade ladder: Young 51, Wagga City 47, Deniliquin 43, Temora 26, Cootamundra 25, Leeton 8.
Tomorrow’s game kicks off at 2.30pm and entry is free.
■ Although tomorrow’s men’s game is an all-important clash, the day will be all about the ladies.
The in-form Drovers’ women take on 2013 grand finalist Leeton from 1.30pm before getting stuck into the club’s ladies day celebrations.
The annual event, which is always a popular one, starts at 2.30pm and has a pink theme.
Dozens of Euroa and district residents have gathered outside Euroa’s Amaroo aged-care facility for a groundbreaking ceremony.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Leitchville-Gunbower claimed honours in its A grade showdown against Lockington-Bamawm United yesterday, 53-31.
Hundreds rose early for Dawn Services across the district on Saturday to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash could not confirm when or if Deniliquin’s health classification would be changed when in town a little more than a week ago.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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