2018 Central West Rugby Union grand finals: everything you need to know | Photos, videos

Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.

Wise words from coach Eric Taylor, of Friday Night Lights fame, which all the combatants in this weekend’s Central West Rugby Union Blowes Clothing Cup and Westfund Ferguson Cup grand finals will no doubt take heed of.

Of course, someone still has to lose, but if you care to hazard a guess at which teams they are you’re a braver person than many, many others.

DECIDER ENDEAVOUR: Orange Emus' home ground, the scene of this year's grand finals, is ready and looking a treat. Photo: NIGEL STANIFORTH

DECIDER ENDEAVOUR: Orange Emus' home ground, the scene of this year's grand finals, is ready and looking a treat. Photo: NIGEL STANIFORTH

The scene is set at Endeavour Oval for five epic deciders, with Bathurst Bulldogs to feature in four and Orange Emus in three – the two sides face-off in the top three men’s grades.

As usual, we’ve provided you with EVERYTHING you need to know leading in right here in one neat, little package.

We mean everything too – team lists, previews, photos, referee appointments, video interviews – this is an absolute gold mine of Central West Rugby Union content.

You’ll be able to follow along in all five games on the weekend, by jumping on Twitter and following @MRFindlay24, @nickmcgrath4 and @Shell_Cookie or using #CWRU18 – Matt Findlay will be covering thirds and colts, Nick McGrath women’s and first grade and Michelle Cook seconds.

We’re pumped up tighter than beach balls, get around Endeavour Oval, games start from 9.30am.

FIRST GRADE

ORANGE EMUS v BATHURST BULLDOGS

KICK-OFF: 3.30pm

REFEREE: Peter Thomas

TEAM LISTS

  • ORANGE EMUS: 1 Matt Findlay, 2 Tom Goolagong, 3 Nas Havealeta, 4 Sam McLean, 5 Nick Hughes-Clapp, 6 Jack Marchinton, 7 Jayden Norris, 8 Scott McLean, 9 Matt Clark, 10 Kyran Bubb, 11 Tom Green, 12 Lachie Harris, 13 Levi Russell, 14 Harry Cummins, 15 Nigel Staniforth ©; Bench:16 Rob Thorburn, 17 Michael Graham, 18 Simon Badgery, 19 TJ Cunynghame, 20 Harry Hamilton, 21 Sam Greatbatch, 22 AJ Sykes, 23 Aidan Baker, 24 Matt Campbell
  • BATHURST BULLDOGS: 1 Aaron Booby, 2 Sean Fogarty, 3 Joel Harper, 4 Mark Donnelly, 5 Justin Mobbs, 6 Harry Peacock, 7 Alex Weal, 8 Peter Fitzsimmons ©, 9 Josh Oxley, 10 Brad Glasson, 11 Ben Sheppeard, 12 Adam Miles, 13 Harry Webber, 14 Will Oldham, 15 Josh Weekes; Bench: 16 Liam Berry, 17 Dylan Carter, 18 Travis Gibson, 19 Adam Dwyer, 20 Kurt Weekes, 21 Scott Johnston, 22 Adam Powell, 23 Phil Tonkin, 24 Riley Hanrahan

THE LEAD UP

SECOND GRADE

BATHURST BULLDOGS v ORANGE EMUS

KICK-OFF: 1.40pm

REFEREE: Richard Madden

WHISTLE-BLOWER: Richard Madden has been appointed to Saturday's second grade decider. Photo: PETER GUTHRIE

WHISTLE-BLOWER: Richard Madden has been appointed to Saturday's second grade decider. Photo: PETER GUTHRIE

TEAM LISTS

  • ORANGE EMUS: 1 Michael Graham, 2 Stuart Ferguson, 3 Steve Fergus, 4 Harry Hamilton, 5 Simon Badgery, 6 Sam Greatbatch, 7 Joel Urban, 8 Rob Thorburn, 9 AJ Sykes, 10 Matt Campbell ©, 11 Cam Rasmussen, 12 Simon Thompson, 13 Aidan Baker, 14 Scott Hubbard, 15 Graydon Staniforth
  • BATHURST BULLDOGS: 1 Liam Berry ©, 2 Jock Grant, 3 Josh Carter, 4 Vince Reyland, 5 Travis Gibson, 6 Dylan Carter, 7 Haydn Christie-Johnston, 8 Adam Dwyer, 9 Kurt Weekes, 10 Scott Johnston, 11 Tyler Cook, 12 Adam Powell, 13 Dylan Sinclair, 14 Riley Hanrahan, 15 Phil Tonkin

THE LEAD UP

THIRD GRADE

BATHURST BULLDOGS v ORANGE EMUS

KICK-OFF: 9.30am

REFEREE: Vittorio Travan

TEAM LISTS

  • ORANGE EMUS: 1 Steve Fergus, 2 Mark Grivas, 3 Paul Ringland, 4 Stu Brisbane, 5 Brenton Anthony, 6 Chris Bailey, 7 Tom MacSmith, 8 Tom Fenualelei, 9 Matt Ripps, 10 Nik Granger, 11 Derek Thompson, 12 Ki Williams, 13 Alex Low, 14 James Millner, 15 Claude Dennis; Bench: 16 Dave Ash, 17 Brandon Akerstrom, 18 Mark Kingham, 19 Peter Brus, 20 Matt Pierce, 21 Liam Finnane, 22 James Dellow, 23 Cam Porter, 24 Brendan Stuart, 25 Louis Carr, 26 Anthony Shortis
  • BATHURST BULLDOGS: 1 Dale Norris, 2 Tim Booby, 3 Jake Mitchell, 4 Matthew Smith, 5 Henry Francis, 6 Jock Suttor, 7 Sam Maher, 8 Michael Weekes, 9 Sam Markwick, 10 Jack Gunther, 11 Reece Issa, 12 Josh Lee, 13 Brenton Gibson, 14 Toby Faraway, 15 Tyson Smith; Bench: 16 Chris Plunkett, 17 Jared Sheppeard, 18 Izaak Breen, 19 Robert Austin, 20 Lachlan Bull, 21 Brendan Robinson, 22 Dane Fitzpatrick, 23 William Barnett, 24 Tim Fagan, 25 Stephen Beath, 26 Patrick Crawford, 27 Charlie Sharwood
HIT THE HOLE: Emus' James Millner finds some space in last weekend's preliminary final win over Dubbo. Photo: DON MOOR

HIT THE HOLE: Emus' James Millner finds some space in last weekend's preliminary final win over Dubbo. Photo: DON MOOR

THE LEAD UP

COLTS

DUBBO KANGAROOS v ORANGE CITY LIONS

KICK-OFF: 11am

REFEREE: Jarrod Simpson

READY TO GO: After a season including a stack of senior grade games and a representative campaign, Josh Jasprizza will pack down in Saturday's colts grand final. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

READY TO GO: After a season including a stack of senior grade games and a representative campaign, Josh Jasprizza will pack down in Saturday's colts grand final. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

TEAM LISTS

  • ORANGE CITY LIONS: To be confirmed
  • DUBBO KANGAROOS: To be confirmed

THE LEAD UP

WESTFUND FERGUSON CUP

CSU BATHURST v BATHURST BULLDOGS

KICK-OFF: 12.40pm

REFEREE: Evelyn George

TEAM LISTS

  • CSU BATHURST: Ashleigh Bridge, Rachel Brown, Elizabeth Butt, Brydie Comiskey, Sophie Dawson, Mel Dayhew, Grace Fairall, Brienna Fonti, Jess Gann, Bridie Gordon, Meaghan Kempson, Kirrily Lazarus, Ni-Ollien, Emily Phillips, Bailey Seamer, Georgia Teirney, Georgia Verwey, Katherine Windsor, Claire Woolmington, Liz Young.
  • BATHURST BULLDOGS: Ebony Fenton, Edwina Ulberg, Marita Shoulders, Amelia King, Jade Navin, Mandy Scott, Kate Gullifer, Alyza Doulis, Kirsten Howard, Kelly Edwards, Melissa Waterford, Sharna Aisake, Jess Robinson, Claudia McLaren, Tegan Roads, Tidarat Nongkhu, Courtney Auld, Ali Stanford.
THE REAL MVP: CSU's Claire Woolmington won the Westfund Ferguson Cup's player of the year gong, and is the obvious danger for the students. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

THE REAL MVP: CSU's Claire Woolmington won the Westfund Ferguson Cup's player of the year gong, and is the obvious danger for the students. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

THE LEAD UP

OUR TAKE