THE Yenda Blueheelers have missed out on this year’s finals series after going down 22-10 to competition leaders Leeton at Wade Park on Sunday.
The Greens ran in four tries to two, all but stitching up top spot on the ladder ahead of the final round this weekend.
Yenda battled hard but coach Sam Loaloadravu said the different between the two sides came down to depth, with the Blueheelers crippled by injuries and other commitments.
“We had no subs on the bench and that’s what cost us – just a lack of numbers,” he said.
“There were four injured girls and a few on holidays but credit to the girls who were there, because they didn’t give up.
“Leeton’s a class side that controls the ball very well, they’ve dominated for the last five years. I was just happy our girls were able to keep in touch with such a good side.”
Both sides were supporting charities on Sunday with the Blueheelers wearing pink socks for breast cancer, while Leeton sported one-off socks in aid of motor neurone disease research.
As a consequence of the loss, the Blueheelers cannot catch fifth-placed DPC, who pocket two points this weekend with the bye.
But Loaloadravu is keen to finish the season off on a high this weekend away to TLU.
“We’re going to go out there with a positive attitude and do what we can,” he said.
While the top five is set, the order of teams is not. The Black and Whites and West Wyalong will tussle for third spot in their respective clashes with Hay and the Waratah Tigers on Sunday.
The Black and Whites steamrolled TLU at EW Moore Oval on the weekend in a 36-1 rout while at Ron Crowe Oval, West Wyalong was too good for DPC, winning 22-6.
Loaloadravu predicted it would be a three-horse race for the title.
“Leeton’s up there of course but I say West Wyalong will be a dark horse – they’re always in good form at this time of the season,” he said.
“But the surprise packets are the Roosters, they came from bottom last year to where they are now, which is a great effort.”