BLOOMFIELD Tigers coach Todd Barrow was a little surprised to see his side was taking on Lithgow in today’s under 16s Group 10 junior league grand final.
But Barrow is adamant shock won’t change his team’s game plan.
“We’ve only dropped the one game and that was when there was a heap of Group 10 stuff on and we had seven out. If we turn up we should be right. We won’t be taking them lightly,” Barrow said.
Bloomfield and Bathurst St Pat’s have fought out the last three grand finals coming up through the junior ranks.
St Pat’s have won the last two titles.
But last Saturday Lithgow, fourth at the end of the minor premiership, sprung the upset of the under 16s season when the Storm beat St Pat’s 16-14 in the preliminary final at Bathurst.
“From what I’ve been told they defended pretty well,” Barrow said.
“I thought we’d be playing St Pat’s.”
Minor premiers following 14 rounds, Bloomfield is a side stacked with talent and representative stocks.
The team had six players earn Western Division jumpers, with Stephen Khattar, Deryne McKenzie, Hayd’n Baragry, Jedd Kennedy, Jye Barrow and Luke Coyte all donning the green and white.
Barrow said his job in 2013 had been made easy by the skill of his players.
“The last few seasons they haven’t had much structure, and they’ve picked it up pretty quickly. It took them one or two sessions and they had it down pat,” he said.
“There’s some pretty handy players. There’s probably five or six that’ll go on to play first grade if they don’t go down to Sydney.”
The under 16s grand final kicks off at 3.30pm.