THE Kennedy’s Tours and Bomaderry RSL Tigers will hit the road for the last time in the regular season on Saturday to take on the Goulburn Bears.
The Tigers are fresh of the back of fantastic doubles win last weekend where they scored 260 points across the two games.
This included a 128 point drubbing of last placed Bathurst Goldminers on Sunday.
Tigers head coach Scott Balsar said his team is ready for Saturday’s clash and will be taking the momentum created from last weekend’s tow victories.
He expects another big win on the road to keep the Tigers’ top spot on the ladder and their winning streak moving forward going into the play-offs next weekend.
“We have had two convincing wins against the Bears earlier in the season and it is important that we are focused on this game and get a win and try and come through injury free,” Balsar said.
“The Bears have showed great improvement over the past few weeks, so as always we will be treating this game as if we were playing for the top of the table. “Goulburn is a young and inexperienced team, but the Bears’ playing coach Matt Chilko had to start somewhere to rebuild their program. He has keen and dedicated players, which is a great starting point to rebuild.
“I take my hat off for all these guys and their perseverance in playing in a competitive league. In a few years to come they will be reaping the rewards.”
The Tigers will go into the match without a few of their own key players due to personal and work commitments.
Jeremy Goode and Tom Chiumento will be absent, while veteran centre Brad Mulvihill is under a injury cloud and may well be rested heading into next weekend’s quarter-final clash with the highly rated Sutherland Sharks.
Balsar will also be absent due to work commitments on the Central Coast and will leave his team in the hands of his experienced assistant coach Ian Ozolins.
“Oz will be fine. He has led the boys into battle for me on several occasions so the team will be in good hands. I’m confident they can get the win on Saturday night under Ozo’s guidance,” Balsar said.
The Tigers will rely heavily on their starting group to get the job done early. The guard rotation has been in pretty solid form, with skipper Tom Cook consistently posting good numbers and organising the team on the floor.
Cook has been well supported by veteran off guard Paul Roddam, who again was solid last weekend in the Tigers’ double header at home.
But Balsar said he will be looking for his other guys to step up to the plate.
Tom Ozolins, Leighvi Dennison and Tim Hanlon will get opportunities to play, impress and hopefully relieve the starting five.
All three of these players saw valuable minutes last week and contributed to the Tigers’ double wins.
Big games will be called from Cook, Chris Moore and the in-form Keiryn Corbyn, who have all stepped up in the past games.
Ben Morris will again fill the shoes of the absent Jeremy Goode.
“Ben was great last weekend in Jezza’s absence and will be called upon again to play his role and hopefully secure the Tigers’ final win of the regular season,” Balsar said.
If the Tigers secure the win on Saturday night this will put them in a second chance quarter final showdown with the first placed Sutherland Sharks from Pool D in Sutherland on Saturday, August 17.
Tip-off is at 3pm at the Shark Tank in Sutherland and The Tigers will be taking a supporters bus.
Further details to follow next week.
The Tigers would also like to thank all the people who purchased a ticket in their reverse number draw over the past few weeks and congratulate all the winners.
The draw took place last Sunday at the conclusion of the Tigers’ last home game at the Bomaderry RSL.
More than 100 people turned out for the draw and everyone had a great afternoon relaxing while the draw was done.
If you are interested in booking a seat for the Tigers’ quarter-final against Sutherland contact head coach Scott Balsar on 0412 770 713 to book your seats to support the Tigers.