Si­mon says, it’s time to go

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

ISIS cap­tain-coach Si­mon Ric­cia­rdi knew this day was com­ing – only thing was he didn’t want to ad­mit it.

The 31-year-old has hun­dreds of A-grade games to his name and Satur­day’s match against Her­vey Bay at Childers Showground will be the last at his home ground.

From the time Ric­cia­rdi turned 17 the tal­ented rake has been caus­ing prob­lems for de­fend­ers with his quick wits and it has never been easy for his op­po­si­tion to get around him.

This week Ric­cia­rdi is des­per­ate to make amends for the week­end’s 36-26 loss to Broth­ers, but there is some­thing else driv­ing him as he pre­pares for the fi­nal hit-out in the red dirt of Childers.

Ric­cia­rdi said he en­joyed him­self ev­ery time he stepped out on to the field re­gard­less of the re­sult – wins were al­ways bet­ter of course – be­cause of the sup­port he re­ceived.

“I love the town and the club – I want to get a win in my last home game,” Ric­cia­rdi said.

“It’s been re­ally good to play at Childers be­cause the com­mu­nity and the crowd al­ways gets right be­hind me.”

It would be dif­fi­cult to add up all the games Ric­cia­rdi has played, both for Isis in 11 sea­sons and a few for Bund­aberg Broth­ers, but there is one thing that’s easy to mea­sure – Ric­cia­rdi’s de­sire to win another grand fi­nal.

Ric­cia­rdi won a pre­mier­ship with Broth­ers in 2002 and then lost a de­cider in 2005 when he re-joined Isis.

He hopes this re­cent loss will spur his play­ers on to re­cap­ture the form that had them in the run­ning for the mi­nor pre­mier­ship.

The A-grade game kicks off at 6.30pm with re­serve grade at 3.30pm.

Isis re­serve grade need to win this week against Mary­bor­ough Broth­ers and the fol­low­ing week against Wests to play in the fi­nals.

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DEEP BREATHS: Isis skip­per Si­mon Ric­cia­rdi takes a break be­fore a scrum against Wests at Sal­ter Oval.

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