OUT OF ACTION: Gulgong Terriers’ Terry Wood (with ball) will be among a list of players away from the side this weekend against Coonabarabran. The Gulgong Terriers will have to climb the equivalent of Mount Everest on Saturday as an under-strength side travels to play Coonabarabran.
The Terriers were knocked around from a physical encounter last weekend against Warren Bulldogs and will have several key players missing from their line up.
On top of their injuries, the Gulgong side has a large portion of players away this weekend.
Coach Steve Haney, who will also be away this weekend, said the Terriers will be stretched to their full depth on Saturday but was confident they could get the job done against this year’s Castlereagh League minor premiers.
“This will be a good opportunity for the boys travelling up there. As a club throughout the season you are going to need to call on everybody and this is a weekend where we have to step up,” Haney said.
The Gulgong side, which currently sits in a three-way split for second position on the Castelreagh League laddder, knows the importance of this weekend’s results.
“We have to control the game. Control our sets of six and get to the kick,” Haney said.
“If Coonabarabran were to get a bit of a roll on we have to stop it quick smart because the competition is that close we don’t want to hurt our for an against.
“The last thing we need to be doing is going to Trangie next week and forcing ourselves to put 100 on them.”
Haney doesn’t expect the same physical presence from Coonabarabran as Gulgong saw in the game against Warren.
He said with the large portion of players unavailable, some positional changes were also going to be made.
“Dan Harding will come from the centres into the halves to replace Terry Wood. We are missing the likes of Sam Dunn and Nathan Martyn which also gives us room to fill up front. I am confident players can step up into these roles,” Haney said.
“I’d hate to see our all hard work during the season to be undone.
“It’s a big ask to travel to Coonabarabran and beat them. Congratulations to them they are the minor premiers and the benchmark team but we’ll be coming at them.”
The Dunedoo Swans have a bye this week before playing away to Coonamble on August 11.
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