1st Division under the Microscope

​We take a closer look at the Grand Final 1st Grade side.

A side who have come together with both old and new polecats. In such a short, start, stop season they have managed to gel well and will head into the Polecats 3rd consecutive grand final in 1st grade.
Some players in their first year at the polecats have leaent quickly the rivalry that stands between these two clubs.
Billy Butler: a strong ball runner who has been effective all year. One of the leading try scorers in the competition in his first full season as a fullback. He has made the number 1 his own. Represented country in Mudgee and will go head to head with LJ on Saturday in the grand final
Chad Doering: In his rookie season has become one of the strongest ball carriers in the side. Has been a real asset on the wing all season. His ability to get the side out of trouble has been excellent and finishes tries when presented the opportunity.
Shane Rowe: definitely a key player for the Polecats and has been the past 3 seasons. Can create something out of nothing. Can find the try line and will be a major player on saturday night.
Peter Jensen: after captaining reserve grade last season jenno has returned to the top squad and hasnt looked back. His experience both in attack and defence have been why the Polecats have one of the most potent backlines in the comp.
Richard Mante: in his 3rd season at the polecats richie has been one of the most passionate and dedicated players.
Having missed the 2015 grand final victory richie has only tasted grand final defeat last season and will be looking to get the job done saturday night.
Shane Miller: Signed from Hills Bulls in the Off season miller has been one of the most consistent all season for the polecats. Always providing quick service to outside backs and his kicking game is one of the best in the comps he will be looking to produce a big game on Saturday.
Taylor Bennett: after missing most of the season Taylor has quickly injected himself back into the starting line up. His experience in big games will help keep composure and his speed and skill will trouble uts defence.
Aaron Gater: Trying his best to overcome a hamstring tear Gater has been a rock solid leader all year. 
Paul Rye: a late shift from half to hooker in recent weeks has really sparked pauls attacking ability. He provides sharp service out of dummy half and can really trouble tired defence up the middle.
Luke Rye: Has been a workhorse all year in both attack and defence luke has played big minutes and offered plenty of points. He will look to add 2nd premiership to his polecats tally.
Dean Moodie: tough in defence and attack has got better by the week. His hit and stick method has again been a building block for the polecats defence.
Greg Cranney: The 38 year old veteran has constantly got better with age. Strong defence and consistent carries in recent times sees his retain a starting spot all year. His experience and cool head will be needed on Saturday.
Tim Curley: another returning member from the 2015 premiership winning side. Curley has been a constant performer playing big minutes. His attack and defence are always a much needed asset in the middle.
Shane Brown: Will provide a cool head to the game when he comes on into hooker or lock. Defensively solid and has the ability to create. Will need to find his attacking best when he comes into the game.
Russel Murtha: Another veteran who has been there and done it. Russel will provide spark and speed around the ruck when injected to the game and will add to the already mobile pack.
Kareem Emara: Former Club captain returned mid season after surgery and has got better with each run. Like a good race horse he may have timed his run perfectly for Saturday. Expect big things
Opeti Fotu: A mid season hamstring injury looked to tarnish an amazing start to Ops season at the polecats. He has since recovered for the right time of year and is now looking to peak in the biggest game of the year. Was man of the match in city country and will be looking to take on the UTS pack.
Aaron Kanaley: The fridge has been a revelation. After training in pre season and having to learn a whole new sport. Kanaley has taken it in his stride. Starting only in 1st grade all year will be looking to add impact off the bench.
Colin Warwick: gathered some confidence from mid season going away with country side. Gets his chance in the grand final after a few weeks off.
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