Bundanoon Highlanders will have the chance to claim their first Group 6 minor premiership in front of their home fans this weekend.
But in what promises to be a cracker of a match, the Highlanders will need to defeat Robertson Spuddies in the final round of the regular Shield competition.
Captain/coach Chris Conquest said the team was determined to work on its defence in the final training sessions before the home game.
“Robertson is a strong side to beat,” he said.
“As long as we defend and play well, it’ll be good.”
Conquest said the club had worked hard to get the chance to contend for a minor premiership.
“It would mean a lot to the players and the people that work behind the scenes,” he said.
“It’ll be a good reward for them.”
Grant Perkins, Pete Randazzo and Carl Duncan are just some of the people Conquest said had worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the club a success.
He said while the stakes were high for their final home game, the team was ready for the challenge.
“It gets more serious and the game gets harder coming up towards the finals. There is pressure to improve.
“I’m pretty confident, we’ve got a lot of experienced players.”
Club secretary Pete Randazzo said the Highlanders were determined to play well.
“Robertson is a tough team to beat,” he said.
Robertson is a tough team to beat. We’re quietly confident we can come away with the goods.Club secretary Pete Randazzo
“We’re quietly confident we can come away with the goods.”
The club will thank its supporters with a sponsors event on the day.
The event will include a food and refreshment tent.
Randazzo said it was important for the club to acknowledge its supporters, who had helped the club get to where it was
“Because we’re not a big club, we appreciate all of the support we can get,” he said.
“[Sponsors day] is a big thank you to those that support us.”
The Highlanders will head into Saturday’s match with confidence, coming off the back of a 14-0 over the Picton Magpies on July 29.
In a tough defensive game, the Highlanders defended their line strongly and kept the Magpies scoreless.
Josh Conquest had a good game, scoring two tries and setting one up for Isaac Martin.
Other strong performers included Blake and Mitch Conquest, Kane Acton and Tom Attreed.
The Highlanders had the bye in the latest round of Group 6 football on Saturday, August 5.
Robertson and Warragamba will go head to head in a Cup game at Bundanoon Oval at 1pm on Saturday, August 12.
This will be followed by the shield game between the Highlanders and the Spuddies at 2.30pm. The Lions Club will provide a barbecue on the day and there will also be a post-match event at the Jemmy Moss Inn.