Previews | Ron Massey Cup Rd 22

There is a strong emphasis around the community this week as all clubs bond together in the Unite for Kurt Round.

Respectively named after one of Cabramatta’s young and talented, Kurt Drysdale suffered a life-altering injury whilst playing for the club. Everyone will be out to pay their respect and assist in the fundraising for Kurt’s ongoing care.

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The finals for the Ron Massey Cup are just around the corner and teams will be looking to fire on all cylinders in the lead-up to the crucial games. Currently, Mounties are soaring above the pack on 36 points with Wenty in second on 30 points.

The structure of the ladder is more than likely to change throughout the remaining weeks due to a large cluster of teams sitting from third to seventh place. Only four competition points separate all five of these teams.

This week’s match of the round is a top-of-the-table clash seeing Wenty travelling to Aubrey Keech Reserve to take on ladder leaders, Mounties, at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

The fixture is sure to be a great contest. Mounties are yet to wrap up the top spot, but a win this week will guarantee the Minor Premiership.

Mounties coach Chris Hutchinson knows that this week’s game will be a real test in the lead up to the playoffs.

“Wenty are always very strong we’ll be hoping to play well against them. It’s a big test to continue how well we’ve been playing,” Hutchinson said.

Hutchinson doesn’t want to buy into the fact that his team are favourites to take out the comp.

“We never really look far ahead at all. Its always week to week for us. Obviously, players going up and down the grades you can’t look too far ahead.”

“At the start of the year we only wanted to make the top four and we’ve already secured that. Now we’re just looking to play good [footy] this week.”

Wenty need to be keeping an eye out on Mounties star players Maurice Kennedy, Jake Walsh and Kurt Robinson. “They have been the core of our side and have been playing very well. They take a leadership role off the field, set the benchmark as to what our standards are at training and have produced good footy on the field,” Hutchinson explained.

In the other games this week Cabramatta take on Blacktown, Windsor face Asquith, Guildford clash with Concord-Burwood, Wests challenge Auburn and Kingsgrove have the bye.