League's best to collide
Thursday, 9th June, 2011
By Andrew Robertson
Bragging rights are again up for grabs with the annual River versus City Rugby League clash being played under lights at the Jubilee Oval on Saturday night.
Now in its third year, the match is played between a combined City team, made up of players from Geebungs and Saints, and a River side with representatives from both the Wilcannia Boomerangs and Menindee Yabbies.
Country Rugby League (CRL) coordinator Graham Valentine said yesterday the pressure was well and truly on City this year.
"There's a strong rivalry there," Valentine said.
"River has won the last two and are looking to make it three."
He said the game should be competitive with both sides boasting some dangerous players including Saints newcomer Matthew Kiddle and Geebungs veteran Darryl Morris.
"He's a pretty solid player," Valentine said.
For River, 17-year-old Colin Clarke had "stepped up" this year and was playing good football for the Yabbies, according to Valentine.
Wilcannia player Reggie Shepherd was also "a real standout for the Boomerangs".
In a changed format, this year's main game will be preceded by two under age games.
An Under-14 game will be played at 5pm and will be followed by an Under-17 clash at 6.15pm. The main game will start at 7.30pm.
Valentine said the CRL was focussing on building up its high school-based competition which began this year.
The four-team competition, which includes sides from both local high schools as well as teams from Wilcannia and Menindee, plays each Wednesday afternoon at the Lamb Oval.
"It's going well - all the teams have had a run now," Valentine said.
"We're looking to go out to (play at) Wilcannia and Menindee as well."
Gates open at 4.30pm and canteen facilities will be available but alcohol will not be sold or allowed to be brought into the ground. Entry will be $5 for adults.