The Mallee Men will be searching for their first West Wyalong Knockout win in 23 years when they host the 46th edition of the event this weekend.
That victory came against Narrandera 6-2 in 1994 while West Wyalong most recently made the decider in 2010 and 2012 only to be pipped at the post.
Coach Sam Basham said the lengthy time between drinks was driving his troops in 2017.
“Yeah, it definitely does,” he said.
“Being a local thing, you always look forward to it every year and we always get a good crowd there so that always adds a bit of incentive.
“It’s been so long, it [win the knockout] would be a massive thing to do.
“There is going to be a lot of very good teams there, so if you're right up there, it shows you have a pretty good team as well.”
The Mallee Men are set to field a close to full strength side at the tournament.
Tim Dore will be a key out for the knockout while a couple of the squad’s younger players will be away for the weekend.
“I think we’re only missing a couple blokes, apart from that, everything’s been going well,” Basham said of the side’s preparation.
West Wyalong has drawn Young Cherrypickers in the first round at 9pm with proceedings to start at 7pm on Friday when Tullibgeal-Lakes United Sharks take on Wagga Brothers.
The Saturday starts with league tag at 11am with the plate and cup finals to be played at 3.30pm and 4pm while the rugby league final will start at 9.30pm.
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Saturday, February 25
Cup winner takes home $1500 with the runner up winning $500.
Plate winner takes home $300 with the runner up winning $100.
Best player in both finals takes home $50.
Winner takes home $10,000 with the runner up winning $2500.
Semi-final losers take home $500 and quarter final losers take home $300.
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