SECOND versus second-last on the ladder may not read like a potentially close contest, but West Wyalong won’t be taking the Waratah Tigers lightly on Sunday.
The Griffith team has only recorded the one win this season, over fellow strugglers Griffith Black and Whites in May, but West Wyalong coach Willy Jones is preparing his team with the Waratahs’ record out of his mind.
“It is always a hard game over there no matter if they are coming first or last, you just have to prepare as normal,” Jones said.
“We haven’t had a real good record over there in the past five years, so hopefully we can win and change that a bit.”
Jones is looking for a solid defensive effort from the Mallee Men ahead of the finals series.
“I’m looking for good defence on Sunday, and working on what we’ve been doing at training, and to bring that through to the finals.
“It should be a hard finals series, there are some good teams and it will be go fun.”
West Wyalong are still in the hunt for the minor premiership, needing a victory on Sunday and for the Bidgee Hurricanes to defeat Leeton to claim top spot, but Jones doesn’t see having the first week off in the finals as an advantage.
“You just have to play this game as a normal game. You don’t worry about that sort of stuff, if it happens it happens.
“We had the bye last weekend so you don’t want too many games off going into the finals as we need that match fitness.”
The Waratahs will be hoping to end the season on a rare positive note.