Time to step it up a gear

Blues coach John Rumsby challenges his side to fight for a home grand final

Narrabri’s Sam Sadler charges towards the line as skipper Sean Russ watches on in the last match between Narrabri and Collegian, which was a 126-6 win for the Blues at Collins Park back in round nine in July.

The Narrabri Blues under-18s and reserve grade rugby league sides are both destined for grand final spots in their respective Group Four First Division competitions this year.

First grade coach John Rumsby has no doubt about that.

And now he has laid down a serious challenge to his side.

Each year the grand finals in all four grades are held at the home ground of the first grade side which wins the major semi final, which is played between the first and second-ranked sides on the table.

Rumsby is determined for that side to be Narrabri.

“We are really starting to get excited,” he said.

“We’ve got Collegian Warriors this week, then the following week we go to Gunnedah where we will definitely be playing for second.

“If we win that game then the next week we are playing for a grand final at home.

“That’s the driving force behind it all now.

“Our 18s and reserve grade will definitely be in the grand final, no doubt about it.

“To be able to help them out and give them a grand final at home would be so much stronger for the whole club.”

To achieve that Rumsby said that all three of the side’s matches in the next three weeks are crucial.

That includes this weekend against Collegian, not just the last round against Gunnedah and the potential major semi match between the Blues and North Tamworth.

“We are looking for a bit of organisation this weekend,” he said.