Group 20 rugby league
YENDA coach Roy Romeo has declared all his big guns are certain starters for tomorrow’s elimination final against defending premiers West Wyalong.
Romeo denied playing mind games last week but raised plenty of eyebrows when he declared forward trio Tom Sellars, Kodie Charles and Jarrad Williams would miss their clash with the Bidgee Hurricanes.
All three players – as well as Shannon Rupapere and David Rauluni, who were in doubt –somehow managed to take the field as the Blueheelers romped to an impressive victory.
Only Damien Payne and Geff Cook are unlikely to face the Mallee Men tomorrow, with both carrying hamstring injuries.
“Everyone else is fine,” Romeo said.
“We’re feeling pretty good about ourselves at the moment.
“I didn’t think the Hurricanes showed up last week but in saying that, we played for each other, which we’ve been doing for the last month. We need to continue that this week.”
Romeo is hopeful home ground advantage – and West Wyalong’s indifferent form across the past month – will give the Blueheelers the edge.
“I knew Lakes would give them a decent game last week – that didn’t surprise me,” he said.
“They haven’t played much footy in the last month so they would have been underdone.
“I just hope that hasn’t woken them up.
“We’re on a bit of a roll, so put it this way – we’re not afraid of them.
“To go all the way we’ve got to beat everyone in front of us and playing them at home is better than playing them anywhere else.
“It’s a big advantage for us but in the semis, it kind of goes out the window – if you’re good enough you can beat any side, anywhere.”