Commonly known as the ‘championship division’ or just ‘proper club footy’, Southern Inland’s third grade competition has been a hard-fought affair this season.
Now, it’s time for the big one and Waratahs skipper Matt Hannaford is hoping to round out the year in style against Hay Cutters.
“Third grade’s the most important grade,” Hannaford joked.
“But, yeah, we’ve been pretty lucky this year with a plenty of new boys coming in and there’s good depth across the grades. We’ve still got 10 blokes on the bench in thirds.”
The Tahs are eager to bury the demons of last year’s grand final loss and they’re halfway there after blasting past defending premiers Deniliquin 32-17 in their preliminary final.
Hannaford is confident the win has set them up for success.
“We played pretty poorly against Hay in our semi but I think it was good having that extra game against Deni,” he said.
“We beat them by a fair bit and I think we can be quietly confident if we play that well against Hay this weekend.”
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