Greens and Yanco-Wamoon to be tested in Group 20 this weekend

LEETON’S two Group 20 sides will be fighting to stay alive this weekend. 

The Greens will head off to Coleambally to take on the Roosters, while Yanco-Wamoon returns home to face West Wyalong. 

Both teams desperately need to win in order to keep any chance of playing finals football alive. 

The Hawks are coming off a loss to Tullibigeal Lakes United last weekend, while the Greens easily took care of the struggling Hay Magpies. 

Yanco-Wamoon assistant coach Phil Puntoriero said the Mallee Men would be heading to Yanco Sportsground hungry. 

“They lost last weekend, which surprised me,” he said. 

“I have no doubt they will be coming over here ready to re-group and ready to play a good match of footy. 

“They are a pretty proud club. 

“They live and breathe rugby league in West Wyalong, so they’ll be looking to make up for last weekend.”

The Hawks are struggling with injury at the moment and will likely take a similar team as last weekend into Sunday’s game. 

While beaten by more than 30 points, Yanco-Wamoon were a tough opposition for the Sharks and never gave up. 

Puntoriero was hopeful that “never say die” attitude would continue this weekend. 

“If we can start against West Wyalong how we finished last weekend, we should go alright,” he said.

“We just need to make no mistakes. West Wyalong are too good and that’s what they wait for you to do.”

The fifth versus sixth match will kick off at Yanco Sportsground at 3pm. 

A win will be just as crucial for the Greens against Darlington Point-Coleambally. 

Last time the two teams met, the Roosters only got away with a one-point victory. 

Leeton are clinging to a small hope of making the finals this season, but a loss on the weekend will squash that idea. 

“Over the last two years we’ve had some good battles with them,” coach Brent Pike said. 

“The mood has been good after our win on the weekend, but we will have to step it up again to beat the Roosters. It’s going to be tough, but we just need to have the belief we can win.”

The Greens will be without James Fisher (ankle), but will welcome back Brayden Scarr for the clash. “He’s a very handy in for us,” Pike said.