Wanderers aim to be double champions

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Taylors Contracting Wanderers players and supporters are gearing up for their biggest day of the year, and hopefully their biggest night of the year, as they prepare for Saturday’s Car Company Nelson division one and two finals at Trafalgar Park.

The club’s senior A and B teams will play Kahurangi and Waimea Old Boys respectively after the A’s dispatched Marist 28-13 and the B’s accounted for Collingwood 22-0 in last week’s semifinals. Now the two teams will be making the pilgrimage from Brightwater to Trafalgar Park for the second consecutive year and senior A manager Frazer Lochhead says they can expect plenty of support.

“The support the teams have had this year has been unbelievable so we should get a good crowd backing our guys on Saturday,” Frazer says. “The players will be coming back out to our clubrooms later to say thankyou to all those supporters, win or lose, so it will be a big day for the club.”

Frazer says it’s a great achievement by the club’s “sponsors, coaches, managers and players” to have two teams in the finals. The senior B team has come through an extremely competitive competition while the senior A’s had overcome a slow start and losing eight frontline players to reach their finals.

Although Wanderers were top qualifiers for the play-offs, Frazer says they are taking nothing for granted.

“I’d like to think that we can win but it’s finals rugby and anything can happen. Nobody would have thought that Kahurangi would have beaten Waimea Old Boys to make the final which shows you can’t write anyone off. “All the teams did well to make the semis and they deserve credit for that. I just hope it’s a good day and the game is a good spectacle.”

The division two final between Wanderers and Waimea Old Boys starts at 1pm while the division one final kicks-off at 3pm.