Young meets long-time rivals in Weissel Cup grand final

Cherrypickers 19s Jacob Lucas, Will Hills, Tom Jenkins and Nic Hall will be looking to have a big influence in the grand final on Sunday.
Cherrypickers 19s Jacob Lucas, Will Hills, Tom Jenkins and Nic Hall will be looking to have a big influence in the grand final on Sunday.

Young are gunning for a second straight Weissel Cup crown in Sunday's grand final.

The Cherrypickers have once again enjoyed a dominant year finishing second after the regular season before knocking off minor premiers Southcity two weeks ago in the major semi-final to book their spot in the decider.

The Bulls were ousted last week by the high flying Gundagai Tigers who have now won six straight games including three crucial elimination finals games.

Young's manager Brad Pettit says the Tigers have been this age group's biggest rival since under 10s.

"Since me and Garry [Lucas] have been involved in coaching these boys since the under 10s, Gundagai have been our biggest hurdle right through the ages," Brad Pettit said.

"If you don't get up in the face and put them on the ground early they will make you pay, so hopefully the boys turn up in the right mood and switched on ready to play."

Young has won three of their four previous encounters with Gundagai this season, most recently a 34-14 win in round 14 at Anzac Park.

Pettit says it's hard to predict the sort of challenge you'll face from the Tigers. However he knows Sunday's going to be tough.

"So far this year we have played four times with three wins but Gundagai have had a different side every time we played them, so you're not sure which team you're going to play when you turn up to play Gundagai," he said.

"They are a very capable side of causing an upset."

Pettit said he hopes to see a sea of red, white and blue in the crowd to help not only the 19s get over the line, but 17s and reserves.

"Hopefully we see heaps of supporters on Sunday supporting the three sides against Gundagai who I know will have the whole town behind them in closing a big go the Cherrypickers," Pettit said.

The 19s wish to thank Jeff Sell, Andrew Mclllhatton, Cory Lucas, Ben Jenner and strappers Robert and Gary.

Kick-off is 10.55am at Wagga's Equex Centre.

Young Cherrypickers under 19s:

  • 1 Nic Hall, 2 Thomas Reynolds, 3 Thomas Jenkins, 4 Henry Berry, 5 Steve Anderson, 6 Thomas Cummins, 7 Jacob Lucas, 8 Edward Evans, 9 William Hills, 10 Edward Wood, 11 Oliver Pettit, 12 James Ferguson, 13 Tom Turner. 14 Jack Simpson, 15 Zac Sell, 16 Zac Cummins, 17 Jack Corbett, 18 Jack Rolfe, 19 Dom Scott, 20 Jonty Langfield, 21 Nick Maloney