Sports teams don’t usually admit to looking past their next match, but Gunnedah have been doing that in the run in to the finals.
And in a round 18 clash at Wolseley Oval on Saturday, the second-placed Bulldogs will face the team they have been preparing to meet again for a while, Inverell – the minor premiers in waiting.
When asked about Gunnedah’s preparation for the match, Bulldogs player-coach Andrew George said: “In a way, it’s probably no different to every other week. What we’ve been working on at training and in our last few games is to prepare for how we try and beat Inverell.
“So this week we get to put it into action and see how it goes, I suppose.”
Obviously they won’t want to lose two games in a row going into the finals.- Andrew George
The Bulldogs would finish on the same winning percentage as Inverell if they win, but the Saints have a far superior for-and-against percentage.
Inverell suffered a two-point home loss to third-placed New England in the last round, while Gunnedah had a bye. The Bulldogs and the Saints have met twice this season, for a win apiece.
The last time they met was in round 10, when the Saints won at home by 27 points.
George said Inverell coming into this weekend with a loss was “a bit of a funny one”. “Obviously they won’t want to lose two games in a row going into the finals,” he said.