Parkes Boars have two grades looking to bring home silverware

KEY PLAYER: Fly half Luke Bevan will be crucial for the Boars first grade side, with his strong running game and precision kicking. Photo: Allan Ryan.

KEY PLAYER: Fly half Luke Bevan will be crucial for the Boars first grade side, with his strong running game and precision kicking. Photo: Allan Ryan.

It all comes down to this.

The grand finals of the New Holland Cup are this Saturday afternoon in Mudgee, with the Parkes Boars second grade side taking on the Narromine Gorillas before the first graders do battle with the Mudgee Wombats.

COVID-19 might have threatened to cancel the season, but it is testament to the strong culture at the club that both grades, and the ladies side, have thrived in difficult conditions.

First grade captain-coach Josh Miles is pumped for what is shaping up to be an incredible, albeit cold, day of rugby union.

"It's going to be a great game of rugby no matter what; it will be a very physical game and both of our backs are very well matched, so it will likely all come down to discipline," says Miles.

The back line utility spoke glowingly of a couple of teammates he believes will be crucial on Saturday afternoon.

"Luke (Bevan) is really hitting his straps and his kicking game will be crucial, while having Dan Ryan back takes a huge load off my shoulders (as captain-coach).

"He runs our set pieces, takes control of the forwards, does all the little things no one notices and brings an extra voice on the field," says Miles.

While the Boars have lost their two matches this year against the undefeated Wombats, both games went right down to the wire with margins of just two points.

Grand finals can often come down to who can take advantage of the big moments, and with such a tight tussle expected, experience is crucial.

"Thanks to players like Dan and Jonah Ruzgas, we have some experience in winning grand finals, and that could be one of our biggest advantages on Saturday.

"It will help take some of the nerves away, with players having been there, won that," says Miles.

The second grade side will also be facing an unbeaten opponent, with Narromine comfortably finishing atop the ladder at the end of the regular round.

Second grade coach Cooper Byrnes is proud of the way his side has developed over the course of the season.

"The boys are better prepared then ever, with a full squad turning up to training and putting in the hard yards each week," says Byrnes.

In the two clashes between the side this season, the combined margin has been just three points, giving the Boars every confidence they can match Narromine despite being beaten on both previous occasions.

"The boys are coming into the game with their heads held high despite our nail-biting loss to Narromine last week.

"It was a learning point for all, and we are combating that at training this week to ensure Narromine have no chance this Saturday," says Byrnes.

For those who can't get to Mudgee for the game, please see the Parkes Boars Facebook page for information about the live stream.

Be sure to pick up a print copy of the Parkes Champion Post on Friday to see four pages of grand final coverage, including player profiles, previews and more.

New Holland Cup grand finals at Glen Willow Stadium, Mudgee - Saturday September 26

Second grade: Parkes Boars v Narromine Gorillas; 2.45pm.

First grade: Mudgee Wombats v Parkes Boars; 4.45pm.

Tickets must be purchased online before the event due to COVID-19 restrictions