Tahs are off to Griffith this week, which usually seems to thin numbers out in most clubs. They don't have the option / luxury of forfeiting 3's this week as they have already done so twice.
I would hope that the SIRU board would be reminding all clubs ( especially in the light of Leetons 1st grade withdrawl ) that if you make the commitment to field teams in the various grades you need to stick to it. Its unfair to the comp , other sides and most of all the players. I would also be hoping that the SIRU board is also sticking by its own by laws in regards teams forfeiting on the day of the match.
As it stands only City, Griffith and Aggies HAVE NOT forfeited a mens grade game this year.
Griffith v Tahs - judging by the article in the DA , Tahs are running on bare numbers with at least 4 out this week. I think Griffith will be snorting and stamping , possibly baying for blood . I'll take the blacks this week . 13 plus
Tumut v Albury - now this is an interesting game . Albury need to win , Tumut need to win . Both sides are still looking to make semis - though Bulls will need a lot to go their way ! Albury by a whisker in this one 1-12
Reddies v Aggies - always a grudge match between these teams . Sadly for Reddies I cant see them troubling Aggies this week. No Krautz means no chance of a win sorry . Aggies 13 plus
I reckon tahs v Griffith will be a ripper. Still think Griffth at home though !
Reddies v Aggies - the bright light for reddies on a dim day I reckon. They are going to be too good for aggies girls !
Now interestingly The Harlem Globetrotters Golden Oldies have had to forfeit again - thats the 3rd time . SIRU by laws says thats sayonara, though it can be appealed. Any bets on this ? I'd be very interested to see how thats handled.
Blacks have good recent form but Waratahs are usually confident against Griffith so maybe the Blues 1 - 12. Bulls will probably be too good for Steamers and Aggies in a close game against Reds. If Waratahs 3rds situation is covid related they should survive. If not….
With most rounds being a bye-athon & clubs being unable to field teams SIRU is struggling at the moment. Tahs 3rds are probably gone for the season anyway given they forfeited 2nds yesterday. I heard their 1sts only have 6 of the original group of preferred players running around in the team currently. Having said that it was a gutsy effort from Waratahs. I think they scored 7 points in the 2nd half to the Blacks 6.
The Bye sure does play a lot . They must run up against 9 teams a week most weeks !
Its not working but we have to make the most of it now - we have no choice . I cannot recall seeing so many forfeits in a season. Usually the odd 3's game but holey moley , 1's games , 2's games the whole shebang this season. And while as a deeply biased City man i take great personal satisfaction at Tahs woes at the moment, as a person who loves rugby and cares about the code that situation is bloody dreadful. That a club like Tahs would find itself forfeiting not one but two mens grades is near unfathomable. More importantly what does it say about our comp and its health going forward ?
I would hope that the SIRU board is taking all of this seriously. If i was them i'd be exploring all the options going forward. Competition rationalisation, club joint ventures , club restructures it should all be on the table no matter how unpleasant it may be for stakeholders. And if i was a board I'd be developing a plan for the future of rugby in the Riverina now.
Well done Tumut ! I didnt pick that performance at all. In fact with that loss , I'd near put a line through Albury in 2022. They'll have to pull off some miracle wins to stay even in touch with 4th now.
I'm actually disappointed that the majority of Clubs have let this year's Competition drop Off the Cliff.
If the Clubs don't speak up soon it will be 1 Mens Game & 1 Womens Game being played each Saturday.
Like one of the previous posts said the Draw should have adjusted when Leeton torpedoed the Competition.
Lets get through to Sep 3 and hopefully a new lease of life comes back to the Competition for 2023
Everyone is saying that we should have reacted after Leeton’s capitulation. We had 2 1st grade teams having a bye every weekend before that. For every week Hay played 1 2nd grade game potentially 7 other teams couldn’t play. Next season we need to work from 1st grade down when doing the draw not 2nd grade up. Clubs need to have 1sts, 2nds & Womens to be in the 1st grade draw.
Queanbeyan over uni norths
Pommy soap dodgers to claim the "ella mobbs cup" at the SCG
3 byes in 1sts again...... at least those blokes can travel to the test.
Also, side note. congrats to the under 12,14 and 16 sides on their appearances at the southern states champs in Canberra. saw a bit of the under 12s yesterday against Victoria in their final, extremely outsized but those boys can tackle. Well done Coach Spain. The fellas played great rugby and had a red hot crack!
So City finally bit the dust yesterday and lost to arch rivals Waratahs
I'm sure Waratahs deserved their win and well done to them but coming into the match after 2 consecutive Byes in a Row wouldn't have been ideal for the previously undefeated Competition Leaders.
I'd say the result yesterday will be regarded by City later on in the Finals as the best thing that happened to them
Beware the 'Wounded Lollipops'
Reddies only had 21 players for the 3 men’s grades on Saturday Whistle. Fulfilled their commitments & played 3 games from what I can understand. I only watched 1st grade. Reddies certainly have some good players but it was obvious they were just exhausted.
Sorry been out of action last few weeks with actually having to do what pays the bills. Bravo to Reddies for their efforts last week. Takes real club spirit to do that old fashioned 3 grades in a day thing !
A few stabs in the dark for the weekend :
Albury v City ; The loss last week has been brewing for a while now. Its done and i think the boys will kick on from here . Albury cant make semis but they can up set a lot of sides. I think this will be a tight old affair with city coming away with the points . City 1-12
Tahs v Aggies : Im thinking Tahs here. They looked fast, they looked organised and they wanted it more than City last week. Aggies will fancy their chances though and this will be a ripping game . Tahs 1-12
For the ladies ?
City for the win
Tahs for the Win
How did we make it to 11 pages and now we are back to 10 ?
38-7 all round it seems. Aggies life is going to be a touch harder now , with a bye this week, Griffith the following and a trip to Albury to finish the regular season . They'd be relying on a few things going according to plan the next few weeks anyway.
Tumut need a win against Reddies and a favourable result against City, with a bye ( shocking i know ) in between. They also need aggies to lose against Albury.
Albury , mathematically, could make it . But the maths is way beyond my brain ! They need Tumut and Aggies to lose and lose by some big margins and win by some big margins.
2's (aka Centre Piece Comp) is cut and dried . the top four is set its just what order now. City , Aggies , Griffith and Hay .
3's , well in a 4 team comp its hard to not make it !
Womens is cut and dried as well. Reddies , tahs , Griffith and Aggies make that up. City Womens have a game v Griffith then 2 byes to finish the season. Talk about a deflating end to a season !
The big 3 now seems to be Blacks, City & Waratahs. The landscape seems to have shifted at least a bit recently. Before this weekend’s City & Griffith game are Bubba, Whistle & Mauler (or any other interested persons) willing to frame a betting market re 2022 winner. I reckon City $1.70 Waratahs $2.40 Griffith $2.70. Is my price for City too long?