All you need to know about the weekend's Dubbo and District Cricket Association grand finals

It’s been a long season full of twists and turns.

There’s been outstanding performances across all three grades, some massive wins, stunning upsets and, as always, a touch of controversy.

But now we’ve reached the season’s crescendo with four grand finals to be played out this weekend.

Here’s all you need to know about the matches, which all start at 1pm.

A LOOK BACK

Before you jump into the previews of this season’s deciders, why not revisit the past five RSL-Whitney Cup grand finals.

From day one demolitions to matches which went right down to the wire, this competition has delivered it all in recent times. Who knows what this weekend will bring.

THE MATCHES

RSL-WHITNEY CUP

Rugby v South Dubbo

No. 1 Oval

IN DOUBT: South Dubbo spearhead Will Lindsay is battling a hamstring injury in the lead-up to the grand final. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

IN DOUBT: South Dubbo spearhead Will Lindsay is battling a hamstring injury in the lead-up to the grand final. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Rugby is back at the peak of its powers and finished as minor premiers after finishing with the wooden spoon last season.

Souths has been here before. The Hornets have played in the past two grand finals but have lost both.

Previews

TEAM NEWS

RUGBY: Nathan Munro (c), Jordan Moran, Ben Patterson, James O'Brien, Ben Taylor, Baye Wallace, Ben Wheeler, Campbell Rose, Aidan Bennewith, Jacob Bruce, Adrian Carey, Jacob Hill

SOUTH DUBBO: Mitch Bower (c), Corey McDean, Mick McCarthy, Will Grant, Joe Coles, Kyle Wells, Josh Williams, Angus Norton, Henry Railz, Will Lindsay, Mat Finlay, Adam Wells, Scott Tucker

RSL-PINNINGTON CUP

SUCCESS: Incredibly, Josh Smith of RSL-Colts has won nine titles in the past nine seasons he has played.

SUCCESS: Incredibly, Josh Smith of RSL-Colts has won nine titles in the past nine seasons he has played.

CYMS v RSL-Colts

No. 2 Oval

Colts is gunning for a fourth straight second grade title but the men in red haven’t had it all their own way this season and only just scraped into third.

The Cougars, featuring a host of young players, have impressed all summer and head into the final after finishing as minor premiers.

Incredibly, the match also offers Colts captain Josh Smith the chance to win a tenth straight title.

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RSL-KELLY CUP

 FAMILY AFFAIR: Tom Skinner has been key for Newtown White this season and will need to fire against his father this weekend. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

FAMILY AFFAIR: Tom Skinner has been key for Newtown White this season and will need to fire against his father this weekend. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

No. 3 Oval, Saturday

Newtown is going to be celebrating no matter what. Newtown Black takes on Newtown White in the grand final.

It seemed for much of the season RSL-Colts Red would be in this game but a final round loss saw them slip to second, as Newtown Black moved up and into the decider, and then the men in red were beaten by Newtown White in the semi-final.

The biggest thing about this match is the father-and-son clash between Don and Tom Skinner, who will go head-to-head.

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RSL-DAWSON CUP

KEY MAN: Third grade player of the year Matt Naden will be vital for Rugby Blue on Sunday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

KEY MAN: Third grade player of the year Matt Naden will be vital for Rugby Blue on Sunday. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

No. 3 Oval, Sunday

Rugby president Steve Wheeler is ‘stoked’ to have his club’s two sides meet in this consolation final.

It’s Rugby Red versus Rugby Blue in Sunday’s finale and it shapes as an incredibly tight contest.

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