Previews | Sydney Shield Rd 22
This week of the Sydney Shield sees all the clubs coming together for a very special cause.
The Unite for Kurt Round will be played in honour of Cabramatta’s young talent, Kurt Drysdale, who suffered a life changing injury earlier in the season. Everyone will be out to pay their respect and assist in the fundraising for Kurt’s ongoing care. (Click here for more details.)
Few would be surprised at the fact the Sydney Shield is particularly close this season. There isn’t a lot that separates the teams and when it comes to the playoffs, all teams are in with a chance.
Nevertheless, there are still a few games left in the season for teams to not only make the eight, but also push themselves further up the ladder.
As it currently stands, Wenty are outright leaders on 32 points, with Windsor and Mounties in equal second on 28 points. These teams have almost certainly locked in a top-four finish.
The remainder of the top eight is most likely to change, and it is anyone’s guess as to who will make the cut.
This week’s match of the round is between Windsor and Asquith at 1.15pm, Sunday afternoon at Windsor Sports Complex.
Windsor are one team that are favourites to win the comp and their coach, Chris Boyd, doesn’t want to relinquish their chances.
“We’d be very disappointed if we didn’t make it deep into September. I think its been an extraordinary effort thus far,” Boyd explained.
Windsor are coming off a heavy loss and will be looking to bounce back this week.
“Belrose really put us in our place last week and I hope the boys learn from it,” Boyd said.
Boyd has been impressed with a number of players and will be relying on their abilities and consistency this week.
“Dave Farkas, Luke Atchison and Kain Howarth have been standouts the entire year for us. They’ve been outstanding week in and out.
“Their on- and off-field attitudes have been impressive. They’ve lifted the boys on the field when we’ve needed a leader and have gotten us out of trouble on quite a few occasions.”
In other games this week Mounties challenge Wenty, Belrose face Blacktown, Cabramatta take on East Campbelltown, Guildford clash with Hills, Wests encounter Auburn and Peninsula have the bye.