They only played three weeks ago and now Wentworthville will again take on St Marys, this time it’s all on the line for the Ron Massey Cup Grand Final.
Both teams are no stranger to the fixture, with the Wentworthville Magpies looking to go back-to-back as Mounties did in 2015/16, and St Marys being one of the teams that Mounties defeated in a Grand Final.
Wentworthville won the minor premiership, and have the psychological advantage of having beaten St Marys 26-12 in Week One of the finals. In the ‘pressure cooker’ environment of a Grand Final though, it’s anyone’s game, particularly because both sides finished in the top four.
St Marys’ Preliminary Final 34-20 victory over Cabramatta was far and away the most convincing result across all four competitions last weekend, with the second biggest margin being only four. That, no doubt, gives the Saints an injection of confidence to knock off the Magpies in the big dance.
One of the big barriers for St Marys is shutting down the 2018 Ron Massey Cup Player of the Year, Beau Henry.
Henry has shone for Wentworthville all season, and will bring his experiences at NRL level with the Newcastle Knights and the Gold Coast Titans to help steer his side to a potential Grand Final victory.
St Marys have their share of NRL experience too however, with the most notable player being Geoff Daniela with 45 games to his name with the Penrith Panthers and Wests Tigers.
The last time they played in the regular season was way back in Round 11, where Wentworthville piled on the points in a 58-14 thrashing. It is, however, a whole new ball game this Saturday with Wentworthville desperate to go back-to-back and with St Marys trying to go one better than they did in the Ron Massey Cup decider of 2016.