Two great wins last week and two tragic losses and a no-play draw. 1st Grade are the Minor Premiers of the Limited Overs Cup competition following their brilliant win last Saturday and will play in the Qualifying Final against Northern District at Coogee Oval on SUNDAY 29 JANUARY from 10 am. If you haven’t got this date in your diary can you please make the entry as we want everyone associated with the club to come along and cheer on our boys.  And while you have your diary in hand can you also enter Sunday 12 Feb (semi-finals) and the BIG ONE on Sunday 26 February—the GRAND FINAL. The way our boys are playing we are sure to be in it!! And what about 2s!! Four wins in the past five matches and a REAL CHANCE for a finals berth if they can maintain the momentum!
Two great wins last week and two tragic losses and a no-play draw. 1st Grade are the Minor Premiers of the Limited Overs Cup competition following their brilliant win last Saturday and will play in the Qualifying Final against Northern District at Coogee Oval on SUNDAY 29 JANUARY from 10 am. If you haven’t got this date in your diary can you please make the entry as we want everyone associated with the club to come along and cheer on our boys.  And while you have your diary in hand can you also enter Sunday 12 Feb (semi-finals) and the BIG ONE on Sunday 26 February—the GRAND FINAL. The way our boys are playing we are sure to be in it!! And what about 2s!! Four wins in the past five matches and a REAL CHANCE for a finals berth if they can maintain the momentum!
We are still struggling to break into the top 10 in the Club Championship although it seems we can do it any moment. Parramatta are 8th on 707 and we are 11th on 605. Not much in it but we just can’t seem to get that win to catapult us up the ladder! Maybe this round! NDs are still leading on 970—365 ahead of us. While we won’t be catching them in a hurry, there are a few targets slightly ahead of us, notably Easts (10th on 660), Mosman (9th on 657) and St George (7th on 725). A good round here could put us in 7th or 8th spot. A real incentive for our players to pull out all stops in the run to the finals!
1st GRADE is at Petersham Oval (Sat & Sun) Last 9 matches: WWDWWLLWW: We are now 5th in the Belvidere Cup competition on 37 points and just one win (6 points) behind new leader Sydney University on 43. Parra is 8th just 3 points behind us!  Sydney Uni. play Sutherland this round who are 9th on 31 points. Over the years we have played Parra 13 times for 6 wins, 3 losses and 4 draws. It rains a lot when we play them! Congrats to Jake Scicluna who passed the 1,500 1st Grade runs milestone last week (1,518).
2nd GRADE is at Old Kings: Last 9 matches: LLDLWLWWW: The boys are on fire with 4 wins in the past 5 games! And while we are 15th on 24 points we are just 7 points out of 6th! It’s a tight comp this year. Parra is 13th on 25.  Historically we have the advantage with 5 wins to 3 with 2 drawn. We have played each other only twice in the past 4 years with a win each. 
3rd GRADE plays at Coogee: Last 9 matches: WLLLTLWWD:  A tragedy not to get on last Saturday with the storm the day before washing out play. We dropped from 10th to 12th as a result and are now 21 points, 15 out of 6th place so we need to put a few wins together from now on if we are to threaten for a finals spot. Parra is 13th just 3 points behind us on 18. Like 2s we hold the historical ascendency with 5 wins to 3 although they have won the last 2.
4th GRADE is at Merrylands: Last 9 matches: WWLLLLWWL: Losing to the cellar-dwellers last game was not in the script but we have a chance here to rectify the situation. We are now 9th on 25 points but just one win (6 points) from 6th place. They are 11th on 22. Over the years we have won 6 to their 2 with 2 draws.
5th GRADE plays at Kensington: Last 9 matches: WWLL (LWO) (LWO) (WLO) WL: It was a matter of the wounded Bulldog getting its act together last Saturday to get off the bottom of the ladder. And while that was disappointingly at our expense, we are still in the top 6—4th on 34 points. Parramatta are 16th on 12. Historically we have won 5, them 3 with 3 drawn. A loss could see us well out of things. A win could see us as high as second. 
Metropolitan Cup from Jeremy Jastrzab: It’s the match that all the Metropolitan Cup players look forward to – the now firmly established tradition of the Metro Cup Derby at Coogee Oval. Played a tad later than the corresponding fixture from last season, the wait will hopefully be worth it for players subjected to last week’s Snape snakes. Those results saw a stunning form reversal. Fortunately for the Gold team, their loss wasn’t enough to dislodge them from the top 4, but it was Green’s second win of the season that helped them retain that spot. With the top 3 breaking away in the competition, the Golds want a win make sure those teams don’t sprint out of reach, while the Greens will be buoyed by a packed mid-table and a chance to get back amongst the pack. Gold skipper John Stewart currently holds the edge against Green skipper Alexis Coovre, with 2 wins in their last two encounters. The Gold top order is packed with grade experience, while the bowling line-up has been an efficient unit all season. But don’t discount the youthful exuberance and fearless approach brought to the Green team by young recruits who’ve mixed well with the older heads. Whatever the result, we can expect a compelling contest, followed by a few quiet ones by the oval at the end of days play. We welcome back Denis ‘Groucho’ Hinds, who will be officiating the match along with former Randwick player, Andrew Ackerman. 
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