This week’s series of New Era Midwest Cup games sees the competition take on a new complexion.
Following last week’s draw with CSU, Wallerawang Warriors will meet Lithgow Bears without injured Trent Sutherland and Josh Hardie.
A CSU player is the subject of a referee’s on-report charge following an incident, which could reduce CSU’s immediate firepower if he is suspended and will have the bye this round.
There are two games of significance in this Saturday’s round 11 matches, neither involving the two top clubs – Portland versus Kandos and Villages United versus Orange Barbarians.
The two teams to meet at Portland’s Kremer Park are sitting in fourth and fifth spot on the ladder, the Colts wanting the win to consolidate their position, and Kandos needing the two points in their fight to remain within striking distance of the top teams.
The Portland club has a special day planned to commemorate the anniversary of the passing of only child Simon Williams – the Simon Williams Memorial Charity – set up to help families cope with the loss of a child.
The Colts will wear blue socks as part of their tribute and there will be face painting, a jumping castle, police and fire vehicles. All revenue from the day’s events will be donated to the charity.
In a scenario not unlike the Portland game, the Barbarians, on equal footing with Kandos, will be chasing a win over Villages who were victims of an upset loss to Colts in their last start.