Group 11 2018: Dubbo Westside and CYMS to do battle for league tag grand final spot

TRYING: Westside halfback Tarlee Roberts attempts to work her way through the Parkes Spacecats defence during last weekend's major semi-final. She'll be key again on Sunday. Photo: NICK GUTHRIE
TRYING: Westside halfback Tarlee Roberts attempts to work her way through the Parkes Spacecats defence during last weekend's major semi-final. She'll be key again on Sunday. Photo: NICK GUTHRIE

The chance to make a grand final is enough motivation but the opportunity to send CYMS packing is also something which has Dubbo Westside fired up for Sunday’s clash at Apex Oval.

The Bunnies missed out on a chance to move into the decider last weekend when suffering a 24-6 loss to the Parkes Spacecats.

However, they get a second bite of the apple on Sunday when they meet CYMS in the preliminary final.

“We’ll want it more,” coach Col Fuller said.

“Any team, especially Westside or Macquarie, lifts when they take on CYMS and don’t want to see them win so the girls will be giving it 110 percent no matter if its hail, snow, or rain. I’m feeling pretty positive.”

As well as the desire, Westside also has confidence after beating the Fishies just two weeks ago.

That was in the qualifying semi-final, where a Tarlee Roberts intercept late on proved the difference.

Fuller highlighted Roberts as a key figure on Sunday, as well as halves partner Alicia Frail and hooker Maddison McGuiness.

“Around the ruck, Alicia our captain organises it and then Tarlee does as well,” Fuller said.

“We’ve got the left and right covered there and then our centres are pacey so if we can get it out wide we can do some damage. I’m pretty happy with the girls all over the field, we’ve got them in the right positions and they know their job.”

Fuller’s side trained alongside a number of Westside first grade players during the week, with the coach putting a real emphasis on defence in the lead-up to Sunday’s fixture.

The Westside defence battled at times last weekend in the loss to Parkes, but Fuller felt that was more to do with the rain and wet conditions rather than his side’s ability.

“When CYMS gets the ball I think you’ll see a real difference,” Fuller said.

“The girls aren’t going to worry about who’s got the ball, they know they’ve got a job to do and they’re just going to move up and get that tag.”

Fuller highlighted CYMS players Maddi Chapman, Nic Grose and Kaitlyn Mason as ones his side need to shut down.

Kick-off is 10.30am.

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