The Wagga men’s premier league preliminary final is a grand final rematch between MJR Electrics and defending premiers Cobras.
The Cobras’ grand final victory was convincing, but the competition this season has been dappled with close calls and Electrics’ gun Campbell Lovell anticipates a tight result at Jubilee Park on Tuesday at 7pm.
“It’ll come down to the last couple of minutes,” he said.
Electrics know they will be outnumbered; eight men confront an 11-man squad.
But they won’t be conserving their energy in the 40-minute do-or-die final.
“We won’t run out of steam, we’re fitness freaks, we’ll be right, we’re fitter than them, younger than them,” Lovell said.
“We get better each game, we’ve stuck with the same players for a few years now.”
Electrics come off an encouraging win; they limited Wizards to three tries, where Cobras had a one-point loss to Quolls.
The winner will meet the minor premier, Quolls, in the grand final on March 28.
In the women’s competition, Don Tuckwell’s Audio will come off a disappointing five-point loss to AKW jets in the major semi-final to confront Bar Up Bullbars at 6pm on Tuesday.
Tuckies’ playmaker Bailey Porter said the girls lacked energy after a three-week hiatus, with the bye in final preliminary round, and the general bye before finals.
All teams, aside from Tuckies, warmed up thoroughly and Porter believes this may have been to their detriment.
Captain-coach Jess Absolum will add spark, available for the do-or-die final.
Bullbars’ assistant coach Denise Bailey was proud to see players return to ensure their spot in the preliminary final.
“They really stuck to the settling pattern, they stuck to the driving strategy,” she said.
Bailey said to beat Tuckies, Bullbars will need to outpace them.
“They (Tuckies) don’t stop running, so as soon as we lose our intensity or stop running, they will run over the top of us,” she said.
“The first 10 minutes will be key, we just need to stay with them.”