Cutters aim for win
KILLARNEY Cutters coach Darryl Watts is pretty confident his side can win the Patron's Shield final in the Border Rugby League at Tenterfield today. Watts has returned to coaching this year and is hoping to win his first trophy as a coach.
“If we get the basics right we can win,” Watts said.
“We have won our recent games because we have stuck to our game plan.”
Tim Doyle is the assistant coach for the Cutters A-grade side.
Watts and Doyle coach both A and Reserve-grade sides with former Queensland Country Player of the Year Ray Bowman assisting with Reserve grade and coming off the bench as a player.
Watts is upbeat about the form of his pack and the way five-eighth Christopher McGregor has come back after injury.
“Christopher and half-back Adam Upton are organising the side well,” he said.
Watts concedes Tenterfield prop Lucas Dearden is the one to watch in the opposition side.
“We will be right if we can hold our own in the forwards,” he said.
Watts is not ready to talk about Killarney's hopes of an elusive first premiership.
Killarney has played in A-grade grand finals at Texas and Tenterfield and can host the 2009 season decider by qualifying for the major semi final and winning the semis.
“It is one game at a time. We nearly need to win at the weekend to host the major semi final,” Watts said.
Currently Killarney is one point in front of Tenterfield on the competition table.
In the Border competition, the President's Cup and Patron's Shield games are played when the same sides meet in the next round.
Cutters squad: Matthew Flint, Steven Gabriel, Leejay Cooper, Bradley Green, Dion Galloway, Christopher McGregor, Adam Upton, Josh Hancock, Jamie Watts, Mick Bowman, Jarred Bradfield, Steven Ackland, Brett Watts. Bench: Aaron Bowman, Luke Weier, Nathan Watt, Ashley Van Zeeland, Paul Curtis, Brett Lambert.