Valley to face tough test


Saturday’s Citizen Shield action will have Excelsior travel to Kurow, Old Boys entertaining Maheno and Athletic Marist welcome Valley.

Valley will face another tough test in Athies; the Weston side fell to a frustrating 27-17 loss to Excelsior last Saturday and a were dealt a devastating 48-15 mauling by title holders Old Boys in week one.

Athies have played just once this season, after their fixture with Maheno last weekend was rescheduled for May 1, and notched a thrilling 20-19 win over Blues a fortnight ago.

The week one clash came to a controversial conclusion as Welsh import Rory Harries was given a second opportunity to convert Athies’ last-minute try after referee Nick Webster pulled play back due to Blues players distracting the kicker. The 19-year-old held his nerve and slotted the ball home to open his side’s account for the campaign.

Old Boys will play Maheno after beating Kurow 20-10 in their last outing.

The shield holders will be favourites to maintain their 100% record while Maheno look to post their first win of season after being downed 15-10 by Kurow in week one.

Blues and Kurow will both be intent on bouncing back from defeats last week in the 2pm kick-off.

Kurow vs Excelsior, Kurow, 2pm. Referee: Nick Webster. Asst Referees: Andrew Harding and Greig Moore
Old Boys vs Maheno, WCS 1, 3pm. Referee: Kerry Dwyer. Asst Referees: Wayne Boyle and Blair Malcolm.
Athletic Marist vs Valley, WCS 5, 3pm.
Referee: Christopher O’Malley. Asst Referees: Josh Lewis and Bruce Rowland.

By James Ford

PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Old Boys’ No8 Samisoni Tongotongo was in fine form against Valley.Sportswear DesignAutres