Group 10 chairman Linore Zamparini has welcomed the inclusion of three Saturday games this weekend but insists rugby league in this area still has a home on a Sunday.
Orange Hawks hosts Bathurst St Pat’s, Workies welcomes Orange CYMS to Lithgow and, in a second-versus-third clash, Cowra battles Panthers at Sid Kallas Oval all on Saturday.
Mudgee’s clash with Oberon at Glen Willow remains the only Sunday game for round 14.
The Blackcats and the Orange Barbarians are also in action on Saturday at Don Bradman Oval, Blackheath, where hosting rights for the 2018 New Era Cup grand final go on the line in the premiership’s major semi-final.
The occasional Saturday game appears on Group 10’s draw each week, but this is the first time three senior games will be played on a Saturday in 2018.
“Some clubs like it to do it while Saturdays don’t suit others but you tend to see them this time of year when clubs have their major functions, balls, fundraisers, that type of thing, and that’s great,” Zamparini said.
“It might stretch the referees, but we’re working with them, and clubs put a lot of work into these games. It should be a good day.”
Zamparini said scheduling of games was totally up to the clubs, but admits his preference for Group 10 rugby league is on Sundays.
“But this weekend will be interesting,” he added.
“Cowra and Panthers will be the big game, there’s only something like one point between them.”
Cowra sits in second on 19 points, with Panthers a point back in third and then Oberon hunting around the edge of the top three on 17 points.
“The top five might be figured out but anything can happen with the order,” Zamparini added.
“Everyone’s fighting for that top three spot. Three clubs there, Oberon, Cowra, Panthers and CYMS (in fifth) aren’t finished with yet either.”