Four more teams will book their places in the Group 16 grand final at Sunday’s preliminary final at Mackay Park in Batemans Bay.
This marks the first time Batemans Bay has hosted a final in more than a decade, and a big crowd is expected as both the Tigers’ first grade and under 18s sides will be in action.
Play will kick off at 10.30am with the Ladies League Tag game between the Eden Tigerettes and the Bega Chicks.
The Chicks played their way into the prelim with a 26-18 win over the Cooma Fillies, while the Tigerettes lost 22-12 to the Bombala High Heelers.
The under 18s are next at 11.45am, as the Bega Roosters take on the Batemans Bay Tigers.
The Tigers had a strong 26-14 win over the Eden Tigers in last weekend’s elimination final, while the Roosters suffered a heart-breaking 10-8 loss to the Narooma Devils in the qualifying final.
The reserve-grade clash at 1.15pm pits the Cooma Stallions against the Tathra Sea Eagles.
The Sea Eagles took the Merimbula-Pambula Bulldogs to the cleaners last weekend by a score of 36-16, while the Stallions lost to the Bega Roosters 34-22.
The first-grade clash between the Bombala Blue Heelers and the Batemans Bay Tigers kicks off at 2.30pm.
The Tigers almost gave up a 20-point lead in last weekend’s 20-14 win over the Moruya Sharks, while the Blue Heelers suffered a late 22-18 loss to the Roosters.
The last time these two sides met at Mackay Park, the Blue Heeler scored two tries in the last 10 minutes to steal a 10-8 victory.
Tigers captain/coach Luke Farmer says he’s confident his first-grade side can reverse that result.
“Looking back at that game, we played pretty well and just lost it with a late-game fadeout,” he said. “We’ll probably go with a similar type of game-plan.”
Farmer said there was an air of excitement around the club, and calls on all Tigers’ fans to get down and support their teams.
“The whole club is really confident,” he said. “We believe that both the 18s and first grade will be playing in Bega next weekend.
“I’m hoping for a big crowd there, because they can definitely help us get home on the day.”