After squaring off in the first round of the Group 10 under-15s semi-finals, Mudgee men Lincoln Huia and Hunter McMurtrie will do battle again in Saturday’s grand final at Cowra’s Sid Kallas Oval.
Huia’s CYMS downed Hunter’s previously unbeaten Lithgow Storm 22-10 on August 18 and booked a place in the grand final, before Lithgow bounced back to beat Bloomfield in the preliminary final on Saturday August 25.
The feeling around this match-up is different though, given the fact that CYMS might be considered favourites after winning the only meeting between the two sides on that rainy Saturday at King George Oval.
Much was made of the on-field rivalry between Lincoln and Hunter but a host of missing Lithgow players sent McMurtrie out to the wing.
Pair that with the dreadful conditions they played under, and there weren’t any Huia-McMurtrie collisions on the day.
“It was a rainy day and there was lots of dropped ball,” Hunter said.
“It was the worst game of football,” Lincoln added.
“It was a bit different because we were versing each other but he was on the opposite side to me,” Hunter said.
Even though they didn’t see much of each other on the field, Lincoln found his way to his good mate as soon as the game finished as Hunter was dealing with an elbow injury he suffered during the match.
“He was holding his elbow after the game and was in a lot of pain so I went over and gave him a hug,”Lincoln said.
Luckily for Hunter, his elbow is good to go on Saturday even though he had to sit out of his side’s preliminary clash against Bloomfield.
Playing in a grand final is always a unique experience for a young player but more so for Lincoln who admittedly, hasn’t been ‘anywhere near a grand final.
As for Hunter, he’s played in a grand final before but hasn’t won one, so one of the lads will be collecting their maiden premiership trophy on Saturday.
Kick-off at is 2.10pm