The Parkes Spacemen will be away from home for the next month, starting this weekend when they take on the Wellington Cowboys.
The first grade clash between Parkes and Wellington this weekend provides many narratives, however the two points awarded to the winner will have an interesting effect on the make up of this years' finals race in the Group 11 209 competition.
Parkes sit two points behind Wellington on the table in the third, with the Cowboys and CYMs threatening to run away from the rest of the table.
Parkes, with a win, can not only stay in touch with the pair, but stake a claim for top spot with a win this week.
Working in Parkes' favour is the fact that they are the only side Wellington hasn't defeated this year, and have improved considerably since their 1 point win in round 2.
The Cowboys have a large contingent of high quality imports, and have shown cohesion of late in some quality victories including against the previously unbeaten CYMs side last week.
Former Australian and NSW gun Timana Tahu's is now playing for the Cowboys and may be only new to Group 11 but the star Wellington signing is confident the Cowboys will only get better following the side's stunning 28-10 dismantling of competition leaders Dubbo CYMS last weekend.
Played in front of a huge Kennard Park crowd on Saturday, the Cowboys led from start to finish to inflict the Fishies with their first loss of the 2019 season.
The reserve grade fixture pitches teams five and six against each other in what will be a desperate affair for two sides that would feel like they have under-performed thus far.
Parkes has improved depth and experience in recent weeks and will be looking to continue a good winning streak in this grade at Wellington.
The Juniors threw up an outstanding performance the last time these sides clashed, and a win for Parkes is a must to sew up a coveted top three spot in the race to the semi finals.
Similarly, the League Tag girls can not afford a slip up as they pursue a second straight minor premiership.
Kick off in Wellington will be at 11am in an intriguing day of football.