Ben Olsen
Ben Olsen

Engine room the key for Yamba

EXPECTANT Yamba president Peter Campbell says his departing engine room will propel the Buccaneers to victory in the Far North Coast’s Village competition grand final.

Unbeaten Yamba will meet Kyogle, the only team to have seriously threatened them this season.

“I’d say we are favourites but it has been tight the few times we have played them,” Campbell said ahead of Saturday’s clash at Crozier Field, Lismore.

“I think we have got an edge in the scrums.”

The two teams have met three times this season – with the Buccaneers winning by one and seven-point margins in the regular campaign and 17-0 in the semi-final.

But Campbell is quick to point out “there wasn’t a great deal in it”.

“The defence of both teams is pretty well equal,” he said.

A lack of match fitness – the scourge of amateur rugby coaches – could play a part, with Yamba having taken to the field only once since August 14.

But the chance to farewell some club stalwarts will mean intensity should not be a problem.

Forwards Pat Day and Dan Kelly are expected to lead a raft of retirements following the match.

“I don’t think (coach) Tim (Gooley) will be focusing on the retiring players too much, but I know all the guys will want to do well for them,” Campbell said.



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