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Three weeks out from the Grand Final of the Lion Red Fox Memorial and a fascinating afternoon of football tomorrow is promised.
What could well be the eventual Grand final will be played out at Fowlds Park tomorrow. One plays two, with the Mt Albert Lions perhaps enjoying slight favouritism over the Papakura Sea Eagles. The Lions have the home crowd and have only lost two games in the rounds against the Sea Eagles four games. Winner of this game goes straight through to the Grand Final whilst the loser plays the winner of the Northcote Tigers, Otahuhu Leopards game. I?m going for a five point win to the Lions.
Birkenhead War Memorial is the host for the Tigers and Leopards clash. This is a very difficult one to pick, with both sides having game winning players in their squads, with Nobby Locke doing a heap of damage for the Tigers and Aaron (Ace) Pawley showing blinding form for Otahuhu in the dummy half spot. The Leopards snuck in to the play offs on for and against, but I have the feeling that now that they have a sniff, they could well live to fight another weekend. I will go for a very narrow one to the Leopards.
By tomorrow evening, three teams will remain in the battle for the Lion Red Fox Memorial Trophy. One will be assured of a place in the Grand Final and will enjoy next weekend off to prepare for what, for many players, will be the game of their lives. The remaining two teams will be absolutely revved to play off for that coveted Grand Final spot. Good luck to all teams.