It's always a special day when we host both our senior teams and with that in mind it gives me great pleasure to welcome Gladstone and Puketoi to Carterton.
Gladstone are top of the table going into this match and I am rapt to see Puketoi back on deck after a season away from competition.
The Premiers are currently third on the points table after a couple of last minute wins against Marist and Pioneer. Both these games have shown the potential that exists within this team and as much as it is heart in the mouth stuff for those on the sideline, the team has shown great character to hang in there and win with time up on the clock. They will need all that and more if they are to win against a never say die Gladstone outfit.
The Reserves had an awesome win last week against Marist after there loss to top of the table Masterton Red Star the previous week. The forwards have yet to be matched by any opposition and when you look at the experienced old heads in the middle of the pack it is easy to see why. Once the backs reach that level this team will be hard to beat. Before I forget, I have one request of Jameso, please sub Blair in all attacking situations as I'm not sure if I could handle another try.
All the best to both teams today and I look forward to seeing you all in the clubrooms after the match.