The enthusiasm of Waverley's supporters here is great and Waverley is a good side. But all the signs are that Barker is better. They're the only unbeaten side in the competition, and put away by a huge margin the side that upset Waverley 22-5. So, rationally, as a neutral, you'd need to back Barker.
That said, in any two-horse race, anything can happen. No-one outside St Aloysius backed them to beat Waverley. So Barker has no room for complacency.
WLF, you have my sympathy. That's, what, leaving home at 6am?
No staying up to watch the Ashes!
Snort, I will definitely be watching the Ashes, like you and many others.
I have 2 boys and it is my turn to watch by younger boy this week at QP so I will miss the 16as game at Barker at 9am.
Having said that the 16a game was my preference due to its CAS comp meaning.
Will you by chance be at Trinity the following week when the 16as play at 11am, if so I can say g'day?
Hopefully hear is some helpful news.
The 16as comp is also a goodie the Waves haven't lost a game all year and Barker are also unbeaten in the 16as CAS comp, maybe all season (can someone please clarify - Barker gents).
This game is unfortunately at 9am at Barker.
Agree WTF,Barker lost their first game against Oakhill and also lost to Newington on the bell (7-5). The only losses this year so far, however they played both Riverview & Joeys 16B's sides and won by about 50 points in each. They also drew with Kings 16A's
I predict it will be a far closer game than it has been in the past.
Barker v Waverley.
I am the first to admit that the Barker backs look sharp. Galloway and Vass are very quick and the halves provide a really effective service but this quality ball is provided by a forward pack which is really good at the pick and drive and more importantly great ball retention. If, and its a BIG IF, Waverley can be strong at the breakdown and meet them at the gain line and reduce their constant advancing, maybe the Barker backs wont have the freedom they have become accustomed to in recent games. I get a feeling this game will be all about momentum and Barker seem to start slowly in their games which May give the Wavs a sniff. Good luck to both teams, should be a cracker.