Regardless of Saturday’s result, the Tumut Bulls will finish their season when they host Southern Inland Rugby Union Minor Premiers, Wagga City at Jarrah Oval.
Coach Jonathan Hulks said Tumut have another good game left in them before Silly Sunday shenanigans commence.
“We have a few players coming back and a few out but I think the team will dig in and try and have some fun and finish on a positive note,” Hulks said.
Hulks couldn’t name a definitive squad though, with injuries and player availability a concern late in the season.
“Pat Lemmich is a no go with a blue card in the last game and we are just hanging out for tomorrow (Thursday) night to see who is available and who isn’t,” Hulks said.
The first-year coach was happy with his first season in charge of the playing group and proud of the effort put in by a young first grade team.
“I believe the boys have played really well and kept their head high in some really tough games,” Hulks said.
“Maybe not the first one game against Tahs, but in the next two games against them, we really showed what we were starting to string together.”
Tumut looks destined to finish the season with the SIRU first grade wooden spoon, but Hulks didn’t think that was a fair representation of his team’s efforts.
“I think if we played those two teams that we had against Tahs when we played CSU, the results might have been a bit different,” Hulks said.
“By the time we played CSU, we had a few players that had picked up injuries and some new faces in the team.”
Hulks admitted it would be tough taking on the unbeaten Boiled Lollies in the final round of the 2020 season but hoped the playing group had one big game left in them.
“We might be able to rattle some cages and they have a few with yellow cards and should rest a couple; we will be there ready for a game,” Hulks said.
Sudden death for Aggies
Wagga Ag College and their former Tumut Bullette contingent will host Wagga Waratahs at Leeton on Saturday for a spot in the Southern Inland Rugby Union women’s 10s grand final.
Aggies were well held 39-20 by Reddies in their preliminary semi-final last weekend and come up against red-hot Waratahs that surprised Wagga City 41-22 in their elimination semi-final.
Tumut forward Monique Toppin explained it would be hard on the weekend, but motivation to play in a rare SIRU grand final would have a lot of girls keen for a win.
“This game will be a difficult one, as we haven’t seen Tahs since the start of the season and they have picked up some new players throughout the year,” Toppin said.
“So, for us to win and go through to the big dance would be my first, and a lot of other girls first grand final in SIRU.”
Aggies will have to deal with a tough looking Tahs, who made the 2019 decider before going down to Griffith.
Two players in particular to watch are Batlow products, Andrea and Sophia Kirkby.
Andrea was especially dangerous last weekend, scoring three tries, while Sophia converted two of these tries in the big win.
It will be a big game for both teams and either way, a daunting grand final match up against a Tess Staines’ led Reddies awaits.