FARRER Memorial Agricultural High School chases a fifth University Shield in Sydney today when it tackles Bathurst High at Kogarah’s Jubilee Stadium.
It will have a fit and healthy side after all of its players came through various Group 4 grand finals on Sunday unscathed.
The Damien Kenniff-coached side is intent on winning back-to-back Shields.
The school has won University Shields in 2003, 2008, 2010 and 2012.
It scored a great double in 2008 when it won the Buckley Shield as well for the Under 14s and made the semi-finals of that competition again this year.
Today it hopes to win successive Uni Shield titles when it runs onto Jubilee Stadium at 2.45pm against a Bathurst side coached by Des Crawford.
He received help from Dubbo College coach Craig May, whose side was beaten by Farrer at Farrer in a semi- final.
The Bathurst Advocate reported the Bathurst coach received a videotape of that semi-final and tips from the Dubbo coach.
“I’ve been in contact with Craig May from Dubbo and he gave me a few ideas about the Farrer side and he was good enough to send us a taped copy of the game to have a look at,” Crawford told The Advocate.
“That’s given us some good insights into how they go about things.
“They look like a very well-structured team and have a very high completion rate.
“They look like they do a lot of the little things very well but they’re also fit and skilled.”
Farrer skipper Zander Smith said his side was fit and focused.
“It’s an exciting time for us,” Smith said after Wednesday ’s final training session.
“We’re hopeful of another win.
“They will be tough.
“They’ve had a few close clashes. They beat Yanco in golden-point but last time out they had a good win over Gorokan.
“They got on top early and blew them away early.
“That first 20 minutes is going to be critical.
“We really need to put our heads down .”
o More on Farrer’s Uni Shield quest on Page 30.