Junior Rams flying Muswellbrook flag

THE Muswellbrook Rams under-18s will fly the local flag for the club in this weekend’s Hunter Valley Group 21 grand finals.
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While the organisation’s other grades have all bowed out of the premiership race, the young guns face off against the Denman Devils at Greta Central Oval on Sunday.

But, they’ll have their work cut out for them.

“Denman has been the form side all year,” Rams’ co-coach Steve Haylen said.

“We’re definitely going into the match as the underdogs.

“The Devils beat us in the major semi a fortnight ago, but we knocked over the Singleton Greyhounds last weekend.

“That was a great effort by the boys.

“They played some gritty league and didn’t give up, which pleased myself and fellow coach Matt Durham.”

Despite the previous results between the two clubs in 2014, Haylen said Sunday’s encounter was anyone’s for the taking.

“We know what to expect from Denman; they’re pretty strong in the forwards,” he told the Chronicle.

“Our guys need to keep it simple, cut back on mistakes and work to our strengths.

“We’ll be concentrating on our game, not the Devils.

“If the guys play to the best of their ability, I think we’ve got the side to win it.”

The under-18 match kicks off at 10.25am.

In reserve grade (1.10pm) and women’s league tag (11.55am), the Scone Thoroughbreds face the Singleton Greyhounds in both fixtures.

LOCAL HOPES: The Muswellbrook Rams under-18 squad, back from left, Michael Upton (manager), Jacob Connor, Steve Haylen (coach), Sam Heriot, Rohan Pottinger, Mitch Taylor, Brady Benkovic, Andrew Pritchard, Jacob Kennedy, Jayden Sampson, Noa Durham, Seaton Graham, Matt Durham (coach), Gus Mather (trainer); and, front from left, Nathaniel Hoffman, Mark Glew, Shelby Stevens, Ryan Holman, Beau Dixon, Ryan Symington, James Collins, Jackson Anshaw, Curtis Farrell, Kyle Robertson and Gary Jones (trainer).

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