Both sides may be under strength but there’s no doubt the friendly rivalry between South Dubbo and CYMS will be on show on Castlereagh Cup Day.
The Hornets and Cougars will do battle in all three grades at the Lady Cutler Complex on Saturday but the RSL-Whitney Cup clash will be the main attraction.
South Dubbo sits third on the ladder while the Cougars remain at the foot of the ladder, just one point off the defending premiers, RSL-Colts.
Both sides are missing players on Saturday with Souths having to approach the game without captain Mitch Bower and fellow Western Zone representatives Will Lindsay and Henry Railz.
All three are away with the Orana Outlaws side which will contest Sunday’s Plan B Regional Bash finals day.
Adam Wells will again captain the Hornets in Bower’s absence.
The Cougars have Ben O’Donnell, Nick Karydis and Matt Ellis unavailable but Brock Larance is expected to feature despite also being in the Outlaws squad.
For Colts, this weekend offers the chance to get a season which has so far been underwhelming up and running.
The defending premiers have won just once this season while the rain received so far this summer has also affected Colts’ search for momentum.
On Saturday, Colts take on Newtown at No. 2 Oval.
While Colts are missing a host of players, the Tigers will be without the important Jackson Peacock, again due to Outlaws commitments.
Tom Atlee, Wes Giddings and Darrel Williams will all play in the Regional Bash on Sunday but all three have been named in the side for Saturday, along with another familiar name.
Former Australian Country merit player Tim Cox has been named to play his first match of the season.
The final match of the round is a top-of-the-table clash between Macquarie and Rugby, the two sides least affected by representative commitments.
The Blues pinched top spot from Rugby two rounds back and head into Saturday’s match with plenty of confidence having suffered just one defeat this season.
Macquarie will be without leading all-rounder Angus Cusack at No. 1 Oval but the batting lineup still has plenty of fire and James Hughes and Jeremy Dickson will be tasked with leading the way with the new ball.
Rugby suffered a loss to CYMS last time out, despite captain Nathan Munro scoring a century.
All games start 1pm on Saturday.