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.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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