Cutters coach not confident
SELDOM does a rugby league coach admit his side will be under-strength for an A-grade finals game but that is exactly what Tony Bryant, of the Killarney Cutters, is doing this week.
“I am not over confident, especially as we travel to Texas,” Bryant said.
“Leejay Cooper is one of a number of players out due to a wedding at Killarney and we have a lot of injuries.”
The club had six at training in the rain on Tuesday night.
The Cutters lost Tom Sharman, Peter Giffin and Shannon Slater with injuries/illness in the loss to Texas on Saturday and all three are still out. Bryant hopes to hear today from the south-west regional office of Central division about the club’s appeal against the suspension of centre Fred Walker.
He has already missed two games after being sent off for a high tackle in the game against Stanthorpe and has been suspended until the end of the 2012 season.
The clash between Texas and Killarney is the minor semi-final for the right to play in next week’s preliminary final against the loser of the major semi-final between Stanthorpe and Inglewood at Sullivan Oval.
Despite losing to the same team last weekend, Stanthorpe coach John Hendry is quietly confident, especially with the return of halfback Jason Wilmot, lock Allan Wetzler and prop Kyle Marsh.
“Kyle has been our number one prop all year,” Hendry said.