GROUP 3’s representative side gets on the bus to Forbes at 5am today knowing that anything short of its best performance will result in a Tier 2 Country Championships semi-final loss.
G3 plays defending champion Group 11 tomorrow afternoon, and while he knows the side must play well to win, coach Dave Henry is confident of a final berth.
Port City breaker Josh Osborne has been elevated to the starting side to cover for Dean Basham, with the Forster-Tuncurry Hawk forced to withdraw because of a hip injury.
Basham’s fellow Hawk Brayden Wynter also comes into the starting side, after Taree City Bull Kyle Mundine dislocated his ankle in G3’s win over Group 4.
Another Bull, Ramone Jackson, comes onto the bench, while Wingham Tiger Josh Watson will be 18th man.
Henry said there was no reason his side couldn’t win.
“If we play our best,” he said.
“At the moment I’m pretty happy with where we are.
“But anything less than our best effort won’t be good enough.”
It will be the first time the two groups have played each other, and Henry was looking forward to what he thought would be a physical match.
“It might be a clash of how different areas play their footy,” he said.
“But it’s great for our group to get to the top four again, for the second year in a row.
“It shows our group is heading in the right direction.”