The popular Tumut Pub 9s competition will come to a close tonight but not before the Roddy Shield and Bristow/Madigan Plate finals are decided.
The Tyron Gorman-led Adelong Green and Gold finished second and will be playing for top honours when taking on minor premiers, the Commercial Sharks.
The Green and Gold look to be firing at the right time of the year, and they will look to turn the tables on the Sharks, who will be without speedster Mitch Ivill.
The Adelong side boasts a strong Tigers contingent, with Corey Wilson, Trent Skeers and Nick McDonald all turning out for their hometown team.
Gorman explained what the game meant to his side, although he was the first to admit the job wasn’t completed yet.
“It means a lot to the boys,” Gorman said.
“It was our goal at the start of the comp to get to here, which is good, but we have still got one last hurdle to overcome.”
Adelong will no doubt get behind their side, and Gorman said playing in the Roddy Shield decider was good for everyone involved.
“Obviously we’re a small community and everyone knows everyone, so yeah, it’s definitely buzzing at the moment, which is great for the town and young footballers coming through,” Gorman said.
Adelong lost to Commercial 36-25 earlier in the competition in a match that was highlighted by big hits and marred by a telling sin-binning in the second half, where Commercial took advantage of an eight-man Green and Gold.
Gorman just wants his side to play smart rugby league tonight, and if they do that, he firmly believes his side can lift the Roddy Shield at the end of the night.
“I think if we can just complete our sets, don’t over complicate things, stick with what works for us and turn up in defence, we are a big chance come Friday,” Gorman said.
In a big night of Tumut Pub 9s action at Twickenham Oval, the Roddy Shield will be the second game played following the Bristow-Madigan Plate final between the Batlow Tigers and Woolpack Jets.
Action is set to kick off at 6.15pm.