Meldrum Cup Finals week 1 Wrap and Week 2 preview

It was week 1 of the finals in the Meldrum Cup.  Unfortunately the Dukes didn’t quite finish
with enough points to make it into the money rounds.
The competition was broken into 2 conferences,
North and South. Everyone played each other once and then each team played
everyone in their conference again.  This
made it difficult for the Dukes with the much stronger conference being the
Southern. 
Injuries hurt the Dukes at about round 5, and the momentum
that had built in the pre-season diminished, adding to the injuries was about 6
weeks in a row where our training facilities were out of action.  A late season revival saw some good, form
against some of the top teams, but again injuries were a killer. 
But the best thing for this President was that we made it to
the end of the season, and played all the way through.  There have been a lot of good aspects that
have come out of the year and we have set a good platform for the future.
Congratulations to the teams that did qualify for the finals,
and especially to Liverpool, who took out the Minor Premiership in their first
season back in the competition after a few years in the wilderness.  The table after 16 rounds looked a per the
below.
  1. Liverpool finished on top with 73 points.  They had less wins than the Sydney Grammar
    old Boys, but had a Bonus point in every game that they played.  They got the week off in week 1.
  2. Sydney Grammar Old Boys, having the most wins in the
    competition, only losing the single game to Clovelly throughout the year, but
    losing a round of points, due to playing an ineligible player.
  3. Dundas 3rd has the best defensive record in the
    Meldrum cup, and only having the 3 losses, have probably been the most
    consistent side, never racking up huge wins, but always getting the job done.
  4. Clovelly Blowflies ran in 4th on some strong end
    of year form, and looking dangerous when they get it together.
  5. Terrey Hills scrapping into 5th pipping Seaforth,
    as they came home with a wet sail.

So week 1 of the finals saw Liverpool go straight into Week
2.  The Sydney Grammar Old boys took on the Consistent Dundas
and Clovelly take on Terrey Hills.  The results
went as expected, but Sydney Grammar OB’s really giving Dundas some
treatment. Clovelly played a simple game and got the bickies over
Terrey Hills.

So lets move into week 2 of the finals.  Both games will be played at Wills ground in
Dulwich Hill (Canterbury’s Home ground). 
Kick off times are 1:30 and 3:15. 
2 strong games, 1 for survival and 1 for a chance to stake their claim
for glory and getting a week off before the Grand final. 
The First game sees Dundas Valley vs Clovelly Blowies.  Dundas coming off a big loss to Sydney
Grammar in the first week may be ready for redemption in week 2.  They were never really in the game against
SGOB’s and the Blowies may take the wrath for the loss.  The Blowies though have had a strong season
and with probably the best post match song in the Meldrum Cup (Other than the
Dukes of course), they will be hard to beat if they can play their structured
rugby and muscle up on the Dundas attack. 
They can’t let Dundas throw the ball around.
Prediction: Clovelly
Blowies in a tight one
Second game between Liverpool and Sydney Grammar Old Boy’s is what many have been saying since the early rounds
as the Grand final preview
.  Both sides
have been strong, but the Grammar boys have taken the wins on both occasions this
year.  The Grammar boys like the Blowies
in the first game, need to stick to their structure and stop Liverpool from
outmuscling them.  There can’t be an
intimidation factor.  Stop Liverpool from
playing ad-hoc football, which seems to be their forte, and they will account
for them.  However if Liverpool gets in
an aggressive mood and bully the smaller OB’s squad, it may put them on the
back foot. 
Prediction:
Sydney Grammar by a small margin, (but with injuries)

So if you want some good footy this weekend, get
down to Wills for the 2nd week of the finals

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