Blockbuster league derby is back

“I’m pretty much jumping out of my skin to play."

Former Wee Waa Panthers fullback Mal Croaker scores the final points of the grand final reserve grade match against Narrabri Blues to seal a Panther’s premiership victory in September, 2015 - the most recent meeting between the two clubs. Dylan Chown is looking on.

This weekend is shaping up to be a special one for the two Narrabri Shire Group Four Cup rugby league sides.

For the first time since 2014 the Narrabri Blues and the Wee Waa Panthers will go head-to-head in first grade.

And they will do so on Sunday afternoon for the Mark Brennan Memorial Shield.

The shield is contested each time the two sides meet in Narrabri for the first time in a season, in honour of Mark, who died in a car crash in 2010, and was once a member of the Narrabri Rugby League Football Club.

The shield was most recently won by the Blues reserve grade side, which downed Wee Waa 40-24 on July 5, 2015.

Wee Waa Panthers coach David Toomey said that this game meant everything to him.

Toomey grew up with the Brennan family, and is a close friend of the late Mark’s brother Lee.

He was on the winning side the last time the shield was contested, and will represent Wee Waa in the match for the first time ever on Sunday.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Toomey said.

“I’m pretty much jumping out of my skin to play."