Greta-Branxton well-motivated for derby

GRETA Branxton Colts prepare for a big local derby at home tomorrow by celebrating a 2009 grand final reunion.

The Colts, who won their second Group 21 first grade premiership at Denman Oval last year, play Singleton Greyhounds at Greta Oval.

“It’s always a big game,” Colts coach Ron Griffiths said.

“They’re only 30 minutes up the road. 

“It’s always a tough game. It might be a little tougher this year because we gave them a touch-up both times last year.

“They are a proud club and I’m sure they will be keen to rectify that.

“We also knocked them off for the club championship last year. I think they’d won something like the last eight of 10 club championships too.

“That was our first Group 21 club championship.”

It topped off a great year and the Colts will celebrate by honouring their first Group 21 first grade premiership in 2009.

“We’re having a reunion of the 2009 premiership-winning side too,”Griffiths said of an already big day.

His side started its 2014 A Plus Contracting Group 21 season with a 30-16 win over Aberdeen at McKinnon Field, Aberdeen last weekend.

Singleton fell to Denman Devils 36-20 though and will be smarting from that after leading 14-4 five minutes before halftime.

“We gave away a couple of stupid penalties and they scored,”  Greyhounds captain-coach Russell Richards said.

“Then we kicked out on the full from the kickoff and they scored again. So we went from leading 14-4 to trailing 16-14 at halftime.

“Our last five minutes of the first half and first 10 minutes of the second were dreadful.

“We allowed Benny Hagan to get a roll-on, Gary McKeon got out of dummy half and Blake Dureau’s  boot killed us.

“We did make a little comeback at the end but it was too late.”

Richards, who played halfback last Sunday, might have to play prop this week.

“We’ve got three props – John Boyle, Adam Tearle and Brendon Ellis – out this week,” he said.

“We’ve lost a few players this year. Kerrod Holland’s gone to Cessnock and Chris Martin is gone too. Dale Watson and Scotty Griffiths are overseas at the moment and Daniel Kisi is at a wedding.”

Zac Solman, Luke Gardner and young fullback Daniel Green will be key men for the Greyhounds while young lock Blake Andrews has shown good early-season form.

 Muswellbrook Rams host Denman Devils at Olympic Park tonight (5.15pm kickoff) while Scone is at home to Aberdeen in tomorrow’s other G21 clash.

G21 TABLE: Scone 2, Denman 2, Greta Branxton 2, Aberdeen 0, Singleton 0, Muswellbrook 0.

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