BARRABA Bulldogs chase a home grand final tomorrow when they host Quirindi Grasshoppers in the Group 4 Second Division major semi-final.
While captain-coach Tim Coombes spearheads a big and mobile pack, he has a backline starring Joey Latham and Luke White to finish off any attacks and a footballing marvel to hold it all together.
That marvel is veteran centre Geoff White.
“He’s 48 or 49 I think,” Coombes said.
“He’s still playing strong and has done a great job for us. He’s still fit too.”
A shearer by trade, White has been a footballing star since he and his younger brother, Peter (Doc), were starring for the Barraba Rams in Central North Rugby Union premiership wins in the mid to late ’80s.
Geoff also played for NSW in a glittering rugby union career.
More recently he has been playing with his sons and helped them win a Group 4 Second Division premiership two seasons back.
Tomorrow he lines up in the centres with one of his sons, Luke, who Coombes rates as one of the best players in the comp.
“He and Joey Latham are two of the best players in the competition,” he said.
“They are big-game players too.”
Coombes rested both from their last round game in order to make sure they were fit and ready to go in tomorrow’s major semi- final against the Grasshoppers.
A win will secure the Bulldogs a home grand final on September 7.
A loss will send the Bulldogs to a preliminary final against the winner of tomorrow’s minor semi-final at Kootingal Oval between Kootingal Roosters and Dungowan Cowboys.
BARRABA: 1 Kahlan Duncan, 2 Nick Rutherford, 3 Geoff White, 4 Luke White, 5 Brendan McIlrick, 6 Joey Latham, 7 Brad Cradock, 8 Tim Coombes (c/c), 9 Adam Russell, 10 Tim Mallise, 11 Zac Mallise, 12 Sean Spence, 13 Jayse Starr, 14 Brody Cummins, 15 Jock Mallise, 16 Ron Wheeler, 18 Jacob Hawley, 19 Nigel Latham.