Mittagong Lions get ready to roar

The Mittagong Lions reserve grade team is set to play one of its most important games of the year.

The Lions will contend for the minor premiership against the Camden Rams at Kirkham Park at 1pm on Sunday, August 13.

The reserve grade team is in first place on the group six ladder, while the Rams sit at second.

Reserve grade coach Billy Hayward said a win was a safe path to the minor premiership, while a loss meant the team had to work even harder in the next round against the Picton Magpies.

“A win would mean a lot to us,” Hayward said.

“[A minor premiership] is something that hasn’t happened in a long time.”

Despite a home ground advantage for Camden, Hayward said the team liked its chances of securing a win.

“We’re going in very confident,” Hayward said.

“They’re a very tough, clinical team. Playing on their home ground will be tough. 

“We can’t be complacent. With a win we’ll prove we’re the real deal.”

The Lions first grade team will take on the Rams’ first grade team at Kirkham Park at 2.30pm.

Coach Dan Beardshaw said the team was polishing its skills ahead of the game.

“We’re working on our attack and supporting each other,” Beardshaw said.

“We’re been training since January and we’ve been successful [throughout the season]. “There’s no point in changing anything.”

Beardshaw said the team looked forward to the game.

We’re excited and counting down the minutes until we get there. I’m pretty excited to find out how we’ll match. - Coach Dan Beardshaw

“With Camden being the defending premiers, the pressure is on,” he said.

“Especially with a few injuries [on Camden’s part].

“We’re excited and counting down the minutes until we get there.”

Beardshaw said the stakes were high in the game.

“I’m pretty excited to find out how we’ll match [with Camden],” he said.

“We need to keep the pressure on them.”

The games will be a part of a line-up of games between the Lions and the Rams held at Kirkham Park on Sunday, August 13. 

First up will be the Macarthur Mowers and Marines under 18s Competition at 10.30am.

This will be followed by the ladies league tag competition at 12pm.

There will also be plenty of action on the field with the Lions junior teams at Narellan Sports Ground on Saturday, August 12.

The excitement will kick off at 11am as the under 14Bs go up against the Camden Rams.

This will be followed an under 16As clash against the Thirlmere Roosters at 3.10pm.

Meanwhile the Bowral Blues have two junior teams in the Country Rugby League minor semi finals.

The under 10Bs will take on the Camden Red at Narellan Sports Ground at 9am.

The under 11Bs will go head to head with the Appin Dogs at 10.40am. 

The games will be held on  on Sunday, August 13. 

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