Final countdown for country clubs
Being in a grand final is why you play or are involved in footy, they are an awesome event to be part of and one you have to embrace and enjoy.
It’s a funny thing because, as a player or coach, you want to be as focused as possible on the match itself but the atmosphere is also something to take in.
A great aspect of this season’s Wadsco Marlborough Sub Union final is that it is two country teams who are enjoying the big dance. Both these clubs, Renwick and Waitohi, have worked really hard off the field throughout their whole clubs to make their top side as competitive as possible, it starts at committee level and you can see with both these clubs all their members from their juniors right up to their past players are engaged in their efforts.
I hope, win or lose this weekend, each club is proud of their efforts over the course of the season.
When it comes to the match itself, I’m struggling to pick a winner. Both sides are peaking at exactly the right time and both have strengths right across the park. Again, I think the bounce of the ball and goal kicking will decide the final
Renwick will need to bury the demons of losing last year’s final - it’s history. This is a different year and they should be going into the match confident in their ability. They aren’t a one-trick pony, they show unity on and off the field and you can tell it would mean a massive amount to them if they can bring home the silverware.
Waitohi are in a very similar boat. They also have good depth and talent across the park, they play for each other and they have managed to win when it counts this season. They too are a passionate club who have their own motivations to win on the big stage and will not leave anything on the field.
I mentioned earlier in this column about how important club members are. Almost all these people in our region are volunteers who do an amazing community service for our sport.
At Tasman Rugby we have teamed up with Dodson St Beer again in 2018 to run our Dodson St Cheers for Volunteers. Each week a local rugby volunteers wins a gift voucher to Dodson St as reward for their outstanding contributions.
So far in 2018 Awatere’s Michelle Renner and MBC Old Boys Barney Ruffell have been our weekly winners.