2020 Grand Final Preview

After 10 Rounds, 7 matches, 490 minutes and 261 points scored… the season that almost never happened comes to a climax! The TAFE NSW Polecats will look to go back to back in 2020 against their old rivals the UTS Wanderers for the NSW Tertiary Students Rugby League Championship at Blackmore Oval this Saturday.

 

Grand Finals don’t come around every day and fortunately for the Polecats the team will be looking to claim it’s 19th University Cup title. The Polecats stormed into the Grand Final after they destroyed Sydney University last week with a 50 to nil mercy win. The Polecats will be looking to be the first side in 13 years to claim 2 successive titles after UTS won the 2006/07 titles.

 

UTS on the other hand will be desperate to lose the moniker of ‘Usually Takes Second’ (UTS). The UTS club have featured in 8 consecutive grand finals to only take the chocolates home twice. Whilst UTS have been the bench mark this season by claiming the minor premiership with last weeks win against the Ducks. The Wanderers with be hoping a home crowd will be enough to help them erase the memories of last year’s grand final defeat.

 


Re-watch last years Grand Final

 

Both the Polecats and UTS have strike weapons across the park that can clinch a match in a heartbeat. One player who has been the lifeblood of the Polecats for the last 9 season will be turning the lights off on his stellar career after 25 years playing A-Grade. Greg Cranney yesterday informed his good mate and 2020 Polecats head coach Dennis Curry along with the playing group that he will be hanging up the boots come the end of the match. The Polecats can’t help but feel emotional after hearing the news. Cranney reminded the team that they have a job to do! This Saturday we want all the Polecats to cheer “DIC!” (Do it Cranney) around Blackmore and help the veteran and the Polecats raise them trophy one last time.

 

Polecats president Peter Lamey lamented on the year
“It’s been a trying year, but we are very fortunate to be able to get this season in and even more fortunate to be able to defend our title especially with what’s happening in the rest of the world, I wish all our players good luck and thank you to Greg Cranney, for his years of loyal service to the Polecats.”

 

The NSW Government is allowing more than one spectator per player from this Saturday. Blackmore Oval now has a 500 person limit that can attend the game. We want all the Polecat family, fans, friends and Old Boys to get to the Grand Final and cheer DIC!!! and Go the Polecats!!! to help our boys go back to back in 2020.

 

For those that can’t make it to the game, we will be sending live Grand final updates brought to you by Atlantic Seafood Mt Druitt at www.polecats.com.au/live

 

 

Grand Final Day Details: 
Grand Final: TAFE NSW Polecats v UTS Wanderers
Play-off: Western Sydney University Ducks v Sydney University 
Kick-off: 3:00pm 
Ground: Blackmore Oval 
Entry: Free
Digital Program: 2020 Grand Final Day Program
Hashtag: #POLvUTSgf

 

 

Important Covid Safe Details
– Everyone attending will need to sign in at the ground entry
– Wrist band been given upon entry
– Players please assemble at the ground no earlier than 1 hour before the match
– Blackmore has a 500 person limit
– Please remain 1.5m distance from other people, people from the same house hold exempt
– After the matches spectators will need to leave the area right away
– Players cannot shake hands after the match
– Players must get changed all leave after match
– There will be a shorten presentation of the match

 

Polecats Grand Final Side

1. Riki Willie 
2. Marcell Curry
3. Matt Thomas
4. Marvin Curry
5. Jesse Fuller
6. Tori Willie
7. Dylan Kata
8. Bruce Faufili
9. Shane Brown ©
10. Daniel Arona
11. Greg Cranney
12. Alfred Iva
13. Tim Curley

Reserves

14. Ben Keary
15. Scott Brown
16. Keith Weston
17. Jamaine Haufano
18. Ben Carter
19. Mick Klapsogiannis
20. Andrew Mahusay

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