Leeton and West Wyalong to meet in Group 20

HANDING OFF: West Wyalong's Jarrad Kelly hands off to a teammate during their match against Waratahs early in the season. PHOTO: Liam Warren
HANDING OFF: West Wyalong's Jarrad Kelly hands off to a teammate during their match against Waratahs early in the season. PHOTO: Liam Warren

The results could prove crucial for both Greens and West Wyalong when the sides meet at Leeton No 1 Oval on Sunday.

A win for the Mallee Men will see them all but wrap up their position in the finals.

After last weekend’s draw against DPC, coach Sam Basham felt his side let one slip and he is hoping his side is able to recover the form they showed in previous rounds.

Basham is expecting a tough hit out when his side makes the trip to Leeton given the importance for both sides.

“I think in the last couple of games they must have got a few players back,” he said.

“They are starting to look pretty dangerous and it should be a tough, fast game.”

West Wyalong will be able to welcome back Mitchell Blackstock to help their chances in securing their finals position.

Basham feels their run into the finals will hold them in a good position as after this weekend they will take on Waratahs.

“This is defiantly want to have leading into finals,” he said.

“You don’t want to go into finals underdone, so this will be great preparation.”

Leeton coach Brent Pike was wary of the West Wyalong team, knowing they too would be hungry for a victory. 

“It’s a massive game,” Pike said. 

“We thought they won last week, so when we realised they hadn’t, the boys were all up and about again (after losing to TLU). 

“The mood at training was good. Everyone is keen to go again and get a win.”

The Greens have spent their last five or six matches fighting to keep their season alive. 

They remain in seventh position on equal points with Yenda in sixth and Yanco-Wamoon in eighth. 

If the Greens can pull together a win over the Mallee Men followed by another next weekend against Yenda they will have given themselves a fighting chance. 

The Greens may have to do it without one of their key personnel this weekend in Dan Patu. 

Patu had teeth pushed back and knocked out about a month ago in a game and he suffered the same fate in last week’s game. 

“He’s been advised not to play, but we’re leaving the decision up to him,” Pike said. 

“He’ll be a big hole to fill if we have to. 

“Other than that it will be a pretty similar side to last week. 

“We’ll need a big performance from all of the boys.”

West Wyalong are known to have a vocal supporters base and Pike hopes the Leeton crowd would head down to cheer them on.