Millthorpe Tigers heading for second premiership in a row

Heads up: Nick Smith, pictured during the finals match against Barnestoneworth, is confident of a win on Saturday when they meet Waratahs at 3pm at Jack Brabham. Photo: Mark Logan.
Heads up: Nick Smith, pictured during the finals match against Barnestoneworth, is confident of a win on Saturday when they meet Waratahs at 3pm at Jack Brabham. Photo: Mark Logan.

They’ve had a week off to recuperate thanks to their win against Barnestoneworth two weeks ago, and now the Millthorpe Tigers are looking to secure back-to-back premierships this Saturday against Waratah FC in the Orange District Football Association A Grade grand final.

Those fourteen days though still won’t be enough time for the club to see two of their star players, David Rogerson and Jono McCann, off the repairs bench and running onto Jack Brabham.

Rogerson has been off for most of the year thanks to an ACL injury and McCann tore his ankle ligament during the finals match against Barnies.

Team manager Nick Smith said that despite having those two out of the mix, the side was still well balanced, and they always played better in the second half.

“It always takes us the first half to get going and we have a really strong mid-field and strikers, so if we can get a bit of possession together, and some good passes, we get a lot of confidence from that,” he said.

Smith acknowledged that the Waratahs were technically a good side, and that on balance through the season, this Saturday the match could really go either way.

“We lost earlier in the season 3-1 and later in the season we beat them 2-1,” he said.

“They’re really good in the air and off their set pieces, so we just have to be really disciplined and not give away any fouls near our box.”