Bear's under 18s and league tag in finals

Both the Blayney Bears league tag side and the under 18's are in a tough position this weekend, they're both facing elimination from the finals series.

The big difference between the sides that they're playing in Lithgow on Sunday is their form during the 2019 season.

The league tag are sitting on fourth spot while Lithgow Workies, who'll have the hometown advantage on Sunday, are on fifth.

The Bearettes though have a strong record against the Workies having beaten them 20-6 when they first met in May and again winning 12-4 in July.

The under 18's however have a different tale to tell when it comes to their opponents this weekend, the Mudgee Dragons.

When they first played at King George in April they won comfortably 28-10, but in Mudgee the Dragons scorched them 42-8.

Coach of the Bear's 18s side Ryley Oborn said that over the year the side has vastly improved.

"Our depth is a lot better this year and every player that comes off the bench is just as good as those that come off the field," he said.

Although there have been a few losses during the season Oborn believes that it's the side's attacking strength that has really picked up.


"We're holding onto the ball more and playing more simple footy without throwing the ball around too much," he said.

With one win a piece, Oborn is philosophical about what Sunday may bring.

"When we played them here they were a few short and we gave them a bit of a touch up, but when we went there we were short and they gave us a real touch up," he said.

"So this weekend it's pretty equal and it will depend on who's the better side on the day."

League Tag coach Tim Mooney says that although the girls may have been beaten on the weekend against minor premiers St Pats, they're still in pretty good form.

"Their fitness is excellent at this moment at they were at the same points as CYMS on the ladder who finished third, except the 'for and against' points were the decider there," he said.

The league tag kick off against Lithgow at 10.30 and the under 18's will face Mudgee at 11.30.