The Newsroom previews the NSWRL grand final day at Pirtek Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Mounties club are looking to make history in an effort to potentially clean sweep all three NSWRL senior competitions being the Intrust Super Premiership (ISP), Ron Massey Cup and the Sydney shield for the first time in 22 years.
Matthew Buxton, the digital content producer for the NSW Blues, explained to The Newsroom the significance of the day and not only for the Mounties but also NSWRL as a whole.
“It’s the last time a rugby league game will be played at Pirtek stadium before they knock it down and build a new one but it also puts the lower grades on a pedestal,”
“Its also great for the Mounties because they are in all three grand finals which obviously if the Canberra Raiders make it through this Saturday to the grand final they will have four teams in a grand final which is just unbelievable,” Matthew said.
NSW ISP Final
Mounties, who have won the minor premiership two years in a row, will come up against the Illawarra Cutters with both sides boasting plenty of NRL grade experience. Sam Williams will be controlling the Mounties side and will offer a devastating attack structure with Shaun Fensom providing a strong defence through the middle. The Cutters won’t be without their own weapons, with a number of players experiencing the NRL at one stage of the year. They will also be led by next years potential halfback for the St George Illawarra dragons, young gun Drew Hutchison.
Ron Massey Cup Final
St Marys will face off against minor premiers Mounties for the Ron Massey cup and is expected to be a high intensity match, not only from a grand final perspective, but also in respect of Ron Massey who recently passed away early in the week. The Mounties had a shaky start to their grand final campaign with a loss in week one but have since silenced doubters with big wins in their following games. In their last meeting Saints got the better of Mounties after winning 26-22 which will give them some confidence going into the grand final.
Sydney Shield Final
Mounties will head into the clash against East Campbelltown Eagles as favourites due to the astonishing Mounties 21-consecutive game winning streak. – James Wardell
Photo of the Mounties daring to dream from the Mounties RLFC Twitter feed.