Heaps of action at Ranger Field this weekend
It feels like it has been a long season, and the Men's competition has finally reached the start of the playoffs, with the Rangers finishing the ladder in 3rd place and securing the double chance. The Women will play their second last regular season game on Sunday, with the Under 19's and Under 15s playing their final regular season game as curtain raisers.
Saturday 10:30am - Mens Qualifying Final 1 Warriors (#2 - 11-1) vs Rangers (#3 - 9-3) The two old foes are back at it again, with a week off and a straight shot to the Preliminary Finals on the line. And it won't be lost on these two teams here that a win this week will likely mean avoiding the Crusaders until the VicBowl. The Warriors are playing full of confidence and knocked over the Rangers two weeks ago (on Ranger Field!) 28-12; but the Rangers rallied to get over the Royals last weekend and will be quietly confident that they can get a win and the week off.
Saturday 2pm - Mens Qualifying Final 2 Crusaders (#1 - 12-0) vs Royals (#4 - 9-3) The Crusaders have been rolling all year and smashed the Royals (50-14) in their Week 10 match up... in a game that the Royals coach quit following a time out prior to the opening kick-off. In last years VicBowl match up, it is safe to say there will be some heat in this match and the Royals will be looking to settle the score.
Sunday 9 am - Under 15s Rangers (#1 - 4-2) vs Wolves (#5 - 0-5) The Rangers have been steadily improving all season long, and following last weeks match have returned to the top of the table. This weeks match will be a great tune-up heading into finals with Coaches Pincus and Mills taking the reins as Coach Stafford shifts gears to focus on QB'ing the Men's team in the finals... oh, and the pending arrival of his firstborn!
Sunday 10:30 am - Under 19s Spartans (#2 - 5-2) vs Rangers (#4 - 1-6) In a strange scheduling quirk, the Spartans and Rangers will face off for the second week in a row to close out the Under 19 regular season. It has been a tough year for the guys in green under a new coach and with a bunch of first year players. A win here and the Rangers will live to fight another day in a semi-final - a loss and the season is over.
Sunday 2pm - Womens Crusaders (#2 - 4-2) vs Rangers (#3 - 3-3) It has been an up & down year for the women's team, but they will be sure to come out ready to rumble against their prime rivals in the Cru. The Rangers were humbled 54-8 in their season opener against the Cru, and a win here would flip the script and give the team a chance to finish top 2 heading to the playoffs.