Group 11 2017: Dubbo Westside hails effort of committed group who have been playing two games a week

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CONSISTENT: CJ Ralph is one of the players praised by Westside coach Col Fuller. Photo: NICK GUTHRIE

CONSISTENT: CJ Ralph is one of the players praised by Westside coach Col Fuller. Photo: NICK GUTHRIE

Sunday marks Dubbo Westside’s final chance to score a win for season 2017.

While the Rabbitohs have come a long way since a 102-point loss in round one this season, a Group 11 first grade win has still evaded the men in red and green.

On Sunday the Rabbitohs host the Nyngan Tigers in the final round of the regular season and coach Col Fuller wants one more committed effort from his men.

“I’m hoping to go out on a high,” he said.

“Obviously we’re going to need a big effort after what Nyngan did to CYMS last week but we’ll turn up to play.”

While his side is consigned to the wooden spoon regardless of Sunday’s result, Fuller said there has still been plenty of positives for his club in 2017, on and off the field.

The Westside Bunnies league tag side is assured of a finals place already while the reserve grade side’s top five hopes rely on a win this weekend and results in other games working in their favour.

The under 18s side has also shown glimpses of talent and Fuller felt it was “unlucky” that team wasn’t in finals contention heading into the last round of the regular season.

“We’re looking forward to it and at home there will be a good crowd and a good atmosphere,” Fuller said, the match to be played at Caltex Park.

“And obviously they (Nyngan) have their league tag side hoping to make finals and they’ve got their 18s and reserve grade too so they’ll being a big crowd as well.

In terms of this weekend’s first grade match, Fuller is unsure what side Nyngan will bring as the Tigers are already certain to finish in second place.

He is instead focusing on his side, once which has made him immensely proud this year.

Tyrone Blanchette has developed into one of Group 11’s best forwards and has been praised regularly but Fuller said there was a handful of other players who have helped keep the club competitive.

“There’s four guys. Brayden and Warren Peachey, Sam Coe and CJ Ralph,” he said.

“Those boys have been playing all of reserve grade for about five or six weeks now and then playing a full game of first grade so that’s 160 minutes of football and they’ve been giving it their all.

“Those four players are a great link for our club and if we didn’t have those guys then we’d probably be losing 100-nil every week.”

While looking forward to this weekend’s final round, Fuller added there was already a sense of enthusiasm around the club heading into next season.

He said the club held a posiitve meeting during the week while stating a number of players form other clubs and former Rabbitohs have hinted at making the move to the red and green in 2018.

On top of that, he said “three or four” potential coaches for next season have approached the club, after Fuller only stepped up in an interim role this year.

Sunday’s action at Caltex Park starts at 11am with the league tag.


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