Leeton making the trip to Griffith for O'Farrell Cup

Griffith will face off against one of its nearest rivals this weekend when Leeton make the trip down Irrigation Way for the next challenge of the O’Farrell Cup.

The Griffith side will feature a couple of changes from last week’s win over West Wyalong with Reece Matheson, Charlie Cunial and Jason Hampel will come into the side with Jimmy Binks, Will Kennedy and Theo Valeri going out of the side.

LEADING THE WAY: Griffith's Phil Burge and captain Haydn Pascoe will look to emulate their form from last weekend when Leeton comes to town for O'Farrell Cup. PHOTO: Liam Warren

LEADING THE WAY: Griffith's Phil Burge and captain Haydn Pascoe will look to emulate their form from last weekend when Leeton comes to town for O'Farrell Cup. PHOTO: Liam Warren

Despite the changes, Griffith captain Haydn Pascoe said the side’s consistency would hold them in good stead.

“Getting the strongest team on the paddock really helps to keep the cup in our possession,” he said.

“We have been able to do that pretty consistently over the last few weeks which has been great.”

Leeton and Griffith have met three times already this season on the senior representative stage all in the Creet Cup with Griffith holding the advantage. 

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The sides went back-and-forth in October with Creet changing hands while Griffith was able to see off Leeton’s challenge last weekend.

Pascoe knows heading into this weekend there are some extra incentives to ensuring they hold onto the cup this weekend.

“No doubt that we have had a strong cricket history against Leeton,” he said.

“It obviously gives us a bit more of a reason to want to win given we are playing against our nearest rivals.”

Heading into Sunday’s game the skipper is under no illusions about what his side needs to do.

“They have some fairly strong younger players who we will have to look out for,” he said.

“If we go there and play positive cricket like we have done at home in the last few weeks I think we should be in a pretty good position.”

Leeton captain Nathan Carn fells his side was the best the Wolves have selected all year. 

“It’s probably the best team we’ve been able to put together for a rep game,” he said. 

“There’s some very handy players in there.”

Coming into the side is Jarred Lane, Brent Lawrence and Daniel Muir.

After last weekend’s defeat at the hands of Griffith in Creet Cup, Carn said there were still positives to take from the match. 

He listed the side’s bowling attack as strong and said this weekend the side would need to take any chances that came their way and capitalise on any mistakes the opposition makes.

Runs on the board will be crucial and players will need to be switched on in the field if the Wolves are to bring take the cup back with them. 

Griffith side: Haydn Pascoe (c), Marc Tucker, Jamie Winkler, Reece Matheson, Dean Bennett, Lucas Conlan, Charlie Cunial, Matt Peruzzi, Satvir Chahal, Jason Hampel, Phil Burge.

Leeton side: Nathan Tang, Matt Dedini, Jarred Lane, Hugh Collins, Daniel Muir, Brent Lawrence, Steve Weckert, Nathan Carn (c), Jarryd Day, Josh Carn, Jameson Booth