Three teams head into Round 10 of the Ron Massey Cup having clearly separated themselves from the pack.
Mounties are still undefeated whilst Asquith Magpies and Wentworthville Magpies sit in second and third spot respectively - despite playing fewer matches than the three teams directly below them on the ladder.
Wentworthville’s only loss was at the hands of Mounties, and they will be looking to rectify that defeat this weekend when they travel to Windsor Sports Complex on Sunday at 3pm to take on the Windsor Wolves in the match of the round.
The Wolves have had a strong start to the season by winning six of their opening nine matches – but, just like Wentworthville, are also coming off a loss to Mounties.
Wentworthville coach Chris Yates is wary of the Wolves' similar start to the season and the quality of their opposition, but says if they can control the ball and defend better than they did against Mounties, then they will come away with the victory.
“We made two mistakes in the ruck and the Mounties were good enough to score from them,” said Yates in reference to the Mounties game, “that’s what happens against quality teams.”
“Like most games they’ve got to control the ball and get their defence right, they’ll be looking to take control of the first half.”
Heading into Round 10, Wentworthville have managed to play only six games. They are coming off a bye, however Yates believes that the week off, along with the various washed out games in the previous weeks has put a significant halt on the momentum that they were carrying throughout the beginning of the season.
“We haven’t strung three games together,” Yates explains, “we’re looking forward to the next eight weeks of solid footy, especially for the big men, they need to be playing solid footy to get their match fitness.”
Neither team can afford to lose this game as the losing team could potentially drop out of the top four, depending on other results.
In this week’s other matches, Blacktown will play Western Suburbs, Auburn will verse Mounties, Kingsgrove will take on Concord, and Guildford will host Asquith.