Wests Panthers ready for finals
A fitter, faster and more determined Wests League 11s team will approach this Saturday’s qualifying final with gusto after taking Easts to the cleaners last weekend.
Their 40-16 win was set up in the first 15 minutes with some inspired defence and finished in the last 20 minutes with fresh legs and an insatiable hunger for points.
The Panthers will need to negotiate minor premiers Isis – a side that emerged from the regular season as premiership favourites.
“We did touch them up last time we played, but they will field a different side this week,” League 11s player Joe Szegfu said.
“We’ve got 28 blokes at training and about 10 of them are missing out each week,” he said.
“But they know positions will become available and training has been fantastic as a result.”
Their under-18 side was left heartbroken after an extra-time loss to Hervey Bay last weekend, but Wests’ president Shane Martin said they had already refocused.
Despite scoring the first points in extra time, Wests conceded a try before having one of their own disallowed.
“They took that loss pretty hard, but they are ready to turn it around,” Martin said.