Red Bend 16s ready for rematch in league grand final

The Red Bend Rugby League 16s with manager Paul Kelly (front left) and coach Jason Leadbitter (front right).
The Red Bend Rugby League 16s with manager Paul Kelly (front left) and coach Jason Leadbitter (front right).

It's game on for our junior rugby league clubs this Saturday.

Red Bend Junior Rugby League Club's 16s have qualified for the Lachlan grand final, and fans can expect a very competitive game to cap off a great season.

Finishing the regular season as minor premiers, Red Bend was first to qualify for the grand final in their major semi against Parkes.

The game went down to the dying stages, Red Bend gaining the advantage in the final two-and-a-half minutes.

Now Parkes has gone on to qualify as well, setting up a rematch at Manildra this Saturday afternoon.

"We've had some good, close games, and this will be pretty much the same," Red Bend coach Jason Leadbitter predicts.

Red Bend's squad features a solid core of the players that claimed the 2018 Lachlan premiership.

Leadbitter says their experience and leadership capacity, along with a strong attacking league game, are amongst the blues' strengths.

They'll also need their defence to be spot on, but they've been working on it all at training and the coach looks forward to seeing it all "click" this Saturday. Go blues!

Red Bend 16s right: (Back) Khye Drady, Jesse Shorter, Jack Jeffery, Campbell Rubie, Oscar Ryan, Billy Phillips, Dom Calvani, Campbell Braneley, Jasper Mackay (middle) Sam Bryant, Jamon McCarthy, Isaac Sly, Austin Fay, Nic Ianni, Jordan Wilder, Jake Ticehurts, Matt Kennedy, Kane Bailey (front) Buster Lees, Darcy Leadbitter, Matt Noakes, Sam Raumati, Coby Seaton. Absent Jamie Thorpe, Sam Richards.