Grand Final: Polecats Preview

Grand Final Day, it’s one match in the season that every rugby league player aspires to be in, next to their mates with the chance to lift the trophy high after the full-time siren sounds. And this year the greatest rivalry in the NSW Tertiary Students Rugby League competition history is set to write another chapter when the TAFE NSW Polecats take on the UTS Wanderers for the University Cup this Saturday at Belmore Sports Ground.

 

As we wander through the history of Polecats v UTS grand finals, they first meet each other in the big dance in 1995 and this week it will make the 11th time the Polecats will face off against UTS in the GF, with Polecats lifting the trophy 4 times, while UTS having claimed 6 times against their rivals, but in recent history the Polecats have claimed 3 of those titles in the last 4 grand finals against UTS.

 

Fast forward to 2019 and now we see the minor premiers UTS taking 2nd placed Polecats, while Polecats blew UTS off the park in the qualifying final defeating them 26 points to 6, to halt UTS’s undefeated run, with an aggressive and structured game plan. UTS bounced back destroying Sydney Uni last week, amassing a huge 52 points to 12 scoreline, with devastating attacking raids out wide against a tired Sydney Uni.

 

With Polecats pack having the ability bust a line wide open, with there big men through the middle along, with their high flyers out wide, the Polecats will look to continue their dominance from the first weeks final come kick-off. While UTS with their small and mobile pack will be looking to take advantage of any lapse in the Polecats defence.

 

Dennis Curry Polecats Coach “Today, I will be looking for the boys to get those little things right and the rest will follow, I have known we have had the team to go all way after day one at preseason training and today will hope delivery it to all of our sponsors, fans, family and friends!”

 

So with the Polecats going for its title 18 and a host of old boys heading down, make sure you wander down to Belmore and turn the Blue and White of the Dogs home ground to Polecats Blue, White and Black and cheer the boys to another championship against the old foes.

 

Don’t worry if can’t make it, you can keep up to date with live update at www.polecats.com.au/live or www.fb.com/polecatsrl and www.instagram.com/polecatsrl

 

 

 

 

Grand Final

 

1st Division – University Cup
TAFE NSW Polecats vs. UTS Wanderers
Date: Saturday 10/8/2019
Venue: Belmore Sports Ground
Kick-off:
 2:30 pm

 

Entry: Adults $10, Kids $5

 

TAFE NSW Polecats

 

1. Benjamin Faimoto
2. Marcell Curry
3. Matt Thomas
4. Riki Willie
5. Ereisky Papalii
6. Tori Willie
7. Dylan Kata
8. Bruce Faufili
9. Shane Brown
10. Daniel Arona
11. Greg Cranney
12. Shiem Fuimaono
13. Tim Curley

 

Reserves
14. Cyrus Murray
16. Iszak Taalili
17. Alfred Tasesa Iva
18. Ben Keary
19. Ben Carter
20. Tyler Longmire
21. Kyale Desena
22. Scott Brown
23. Jayden Raja
* Two to be omitted

 

Coach – Dennis Curry

 

Trainers – Chris Thompson, Peter Lamey, Kieran Shanahan

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