The Bega Roosters will look for a strong result when they host last year’s premier in the Moruya Sharks this Sunday.
The Bega Recreation Ground is the spiritual home of Group 16’s top trophy and the Sharks have lifted the shield there a number of times in recent years.
Two of those occasions, they had stolen the show from the Roosters and Bega will be looking to get their own back as competition passes the halfway point.
“It’s pretty important to us to have a good result as this is the last game of round one,” club spokesman Dave Armstrong said.
The Sharks seem to be lacking a lot of the bite they’ve boasted in those winning seasons though, bagging just two wins to date in the first grade draw.
Unfortunately, Armstrong said the Roosters could be somewhat hamstrung by their own injury toll.
“Across the entire senior club we’ve got 10-14 real injury concerns at the moment,” Armstrong said.
“Young Will Picker broke his hand on the weekend and will be out for an extended period, and one of our big go-to forwards Mitch Carter could also be out for a long while.
“That’s a big loss to us.”
Despite the potential shortages, Armstrong said Bega’s reserve grade squad was boasting exceptional form and would provide depth if called on to help out the first grade line-up.
He also said taking on the Sharks would always be a good contest.
“Moruya and us have been two of the major forces in recent years and all the matches between us will always be quite spirited.”
Coach Kane Morgan was yet to announce his squad for the weekend, but the club was confident in the ability of those still available to secure the result.
In other grades, the reserves and the league-tag ladies are both building with some good form.
The reserves bagged a win over Cooma and will show strength in numbers against Moruya on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Chicks suffered a shock loss to the Fillies, but are ever-improving and will look to put on a good show against the competition-leading Sharkettes.
While it could be a tough task for the ladies, the Roosters under 18s are likely to upstage the visiting Sharks with Bega sitting second on the competition ladder.
Prediction: Bega to win first grade 24-18, reserves 30-12 and 18s 36-10, while Moruya will shape too strong in league-tag 18-6.
Four big games of league will run at the Bega Recreation Ground on Sunday with the under 18s opening the card at 10.30am.
Ladies at noon, reserves play at 1pm and first grade kicks off at 2.30pm.