Greta-Branxton Colts out to exorcise the devil

GRETA Branxton Colts are preparing for a grand final replay.

The Colts travel back to Denman Oval on Sunday to play the Devils in a third round A Plus Contracting Group 21 clash, the same ground where they lost last year’s G21 decider 20-4 to the Devils.

Ron Griffiths took the Colts to that grand final after being named G21 coach of the year, however Denman won 20-4.

“They’ll be tough,” Griffiths said.

“They beat us down there last year but we got them in the Scanlon Shield (pre-season competition).”

The Colts were minor premiers last year but lost the major semi to the Devils and then beat Scone 24-22 in a thriller of a final.

He said his side had taken a little time to gel although it had started the season well with a 30-16 win over Aberdeen before having last Sunday’s clash with Singleton washed out.

Singleton captain-coach Russell Richards was a little relieved that game was washed out as it looked like he might have to play prop, with three of his big men all unavailable for the Colts game.

“We had three front-rowers unavailable,” Richards said.

“I played halfback last week but it looked like I was playing prop until we were washed out.

“I started out as a prop as a junior and worked my way out into the backs but I might be working my way back into the front row,” he joked.

Singleton is at home to unbeaten Scone on Sunday.

“Hopefully we’ll have everyone one back for Scone,” he said.

Saturday night’s G21 match pits Aberdeen and Muswellbrook in a match at Aberdeen’s McKinnon Field.

Both clubs have new, young coaches, Daniel Hoogerwerf leading the Tigers and prop Josh Pearson in charge of the Muswellbrook Rams.

That game kicks off at 5.15pm, with the two Sunday games – Singleton v Scone (ResCo Park, Singleton) and Denman v Greta Branxton (Denman Oval) – 2pm kickoffs.

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