Maniototo, Cromwell fired up for final
It all comes down to this.
Saturday’s Central Otago rugby final will be played between Maniototo and Cromwell at Alexandra.
Perennial powerhouse Maniototo knows all about winning and being in finals. It’s been there on plenty of occasions before, most recently last year in a losing effort.
At the start of every season, you’d put your house on the ‘Maggots’ being there or thereabouts come finals time.
As it happens, the top qualifier will play Cromwell after outgritting Clyde-Earnscleugh 5-0 in its semifinal.
Maniototo coach Andrew Hore said it was good to get the win over Clyde in a ‘‘bloody tight’’ game.
He expected it to be no different in the final.
‘‘They [Cromwell] have been playing pretty well haven’t they?
‘‘To get up and beat Arrowtown at Arrowtown is pretty impressive [but] if we get our minds right, we should be okay.’’
Hore said there was a question mark over second five-eighth Mit- chell Lake for the final after he suffered a head knock against Clyde. ‘‘He’s 50/50 at the moment.’’ At the other end of the spectrum, Cromwell, traditionally a team of ups and downs, will play its first final in 14 years.
In 2002 it lost to Maniototo 23-18 in Ranfurly.
Life-member Peter Gallagher struggled to recall a time when Cromwell last won the competition. He could only think it was when he was at halfback in 1981.
Before that it was in 1970, he said.
Present co-coach Matthew Ludemann said he was ‘‘pretty proud of the boys’’ following Saturday’s shock 14-11 win over Arrowtown at Jack Reid Park.
The win came on the back of a free-reign game plan on attack while working hard on defence at trainings.
‘‘It was such
On Saturday’s final, he said the side believed they could win.
‘We’ve got the team to do it. On the day, we just have to string 80 minutes together.’’
Both Hore and Ludemann said playing at Alexandra would improve Cromwell’s chances of an historic win.
The match kicks off at 2.30pm at Molyneux Park.
Cromwell’s Hayden Todd crashes into the Arrowtown defence in a Central Otago rugby semifinal on Saturday. Cromwell won 14-11.