We are nearly there. We have one Grand Finalist resting this weekend, and we have the last two teams that will fight it out for that coveted second GF spot in the penultimate game in the Lion Red Fox Memorial
Mt Albert Lions will indeed enjoy the weekend off to prepare for the Grand Final at Mt Smart # 2 next Sunday 17/09/06. The Papakura Sea Eagles and the Northcote Tigers play off in the major semi-final on that ground tomorrow.
This really does promise to be an intriguing game. It was a three point victory to Papakura in the preliminary semi. A victory and an awful fright. The Northcote Tigers have an uncanny knack of really performing well in the big games - something that they have done over a great many years.
On paper and on previous results, the Sea Eagles probably should take this one out. The thing is, paper and previous results tend to go out the window when it comes to major semis. It is a neutral ground, something the Tigers will revel in. They will have huge crowd support, something they have not enjoyed out at Prince Edward Park. That said, however, the Sea Eagles have proved all season that they would be worthy Grand Finalists and that could well be the case.
Nett - this writer does not have a clue who will win this game. He just knows that, once again, this will be a show case of Rugby League. A battle royale between two teams desperate to represent their club in the final act this season of this country�s most esteemed and revered competition.
Mt Smart Stadium Number Two 2.30pm