A HUGE day awaits Phantoms fans and players alike this weekend.
Not only will the Phantoms be taking on the undefeated Wagga Waratahs in a mouth-watering grand final rematch, but the club will also be hosting its annual charity round and ladies day.
Adding to the atmosphere on the day will be an “old boys” gathering at the ground.
However, it’s not all good news for the Phantoms.
Several players remain out injured, including Tim Rolls and Tim Allen, who will be out for the rest of the season.
Noa Rabici will likely also not make a return this year.
Those injuries coupled with several players who are unavailable due to work commitments will have the Phantoms on the back foot against a slick Waratahs team.
Club president Tim Allen said spectators could still expect a solid hit out.
“Even though we won’t be at full strength we will certainly still be trying to push Waratahs, be competitive and work on what we need to work on ahead of the finals,” he said.
“Hopefully it’s a good game, especially since we’ve got so much happening on the day.”
Players will be wearing special guernseys for the round, which will be auctioned off later that night.
This year’s proceeds will be going to the Leeton Breast Cancer Support Group.
“We’re hoping for a big crowd down there … it’s our last home game of the year,” he said.
The Dianas will also be in action on Saturday as they search to both recover and improve from last weekend’s 46-0 drubbing at the hands of the Griffith Blacks.
“We’ve been too slow with our starts this year … that happened again on Saturday and you just can’t do that in sevens and against these top teams,” Allen said.
This weekend against Waratahs will be another tough game for the Dianas.
Last time the two teams met, Leeton were defeated 53-0.
“We need to get off to a good start and have that intensity there right from the beginning,” Allen said.
“That intensity is really important for us.”
The Dianas will likely finish in the top five of the competition, meaning they should play finals this season.
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