Can Waimea win two in a row?


Star & Garter Waimea Old Boys captain Ben Coman says his side is excited to be back in the Car Company division one final, while Wanderers captain Jesse Pitman is hoping his team can right the wrongs of last year.
Wanderers are justifiably the top team heading into the decider. They’ve beaten Waimea Old Boys twice already this season and finished the round robin in first place.
But Waimea Old Boys come into the game on the back of some impressive form. They’ve won nine games in a row, including a win over Tasman Trophy champions Waitohi — a feat no other team managed in 2014. “Wanderers have set the bar pretty high this season, but we are excited about the occasion and we’re probably not putting too much weight or bearing on the fact that we won last year. We respect them as a side and we respect what they’ve done this year.”
Last year, Waimea Old Boys were led by fullback James Lowe, who often ignited their exciting back line. But this year it’s a hulking forward pack which drives the team around the field. “We’ve lost some of our key Super Rugby players, but it’s probably made us work a lot harder for each other. We know that without them we’ve had to dig deep to win games and that puts us in pretty good stead.”
Like Waimea Old Boys, Wanderers have big ball-running forwards and some exciting backs, and captain Jesse Pitman says his team is better from the experience of losing 51-22 in the final last year. “We talked last year about the three year plan but we just weren’t ready. For a few of us it was our first final and we got a bit overawed by the occasion,” he says. “But we’ve learnt so much in the last year and we’re looking forward to putting that into practice come finals time.”
The division one final kicks off at 3pm at Trafalgar Park.