The 2021 ProTen season gets underway on Saturday with the knockout at Narrandera Sportsground.
It all starts at 10.30am, with Barellan Rams taking on the Goolgowi Rabbitohs before the hosts, Narrandera Lizards go up against Rankins Springs at 11.20am.
Ivanhoe will then take on Goolgowi at 12.10pm before Hillston makes their first appearance with a clash against Rankins Springs at 1pm. Ivanhoe then returns to the field at 1.50pm for a clash with Barellan before the final round game between Narrandera and Hillston kicks off at 2.40pm.
Then the semi-finals will pit the best four teams against each other, and the two winners will then progress to the final.
Here is a quick rundown on the six clubs
Goolgowi: ProTen Community Cup premiers in 2019 and on paper look to be just as strong again. They have a strong pack of forwards headed by coach Laurie Sandford and Nick Johnson and then backs with enough talent in James Fallon, Vaughn Higgins and Brad Turner.
Narrandera: Runners-up to Goolgowi in 2019 and to the Springs in the Rankins Springs nines so a change of lick could be in the air. Troy Prior has been there done that, and there is not much he does not know about rugby league.
Rankins Springs: Very fit and should go a fair way in the knockout. Won the Springs nines and then trialled against West Wyalong. With the talent at their disposal, they will be tough to hold out.
Ivanhoe: Under new coach John Woods a former Hay Magpie premiership player, the Roosters had a strong preseason, and officials are confident of a good season, and with one of the best players in the competition at their disposal in Conrad McGinty, they are in for a good season.
Hillston: The Bluebirds haven't been all that quick out of the starting gates but have kicked up a couple of gears in recent weeks. Co-coaches Sam Fensom and Mark Rathmell have been there and done that, and with the young players coming through, should have something to look forward to.
Barellan: This is Ben Evans third straight term as the Rams leader, which means he knows what it's going to take. They should have enough talent to make a positive move in 2021.
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