Season is on the line for Bombay and Pukekohe in McNamara Cup

Season is on the line for Bombay and Pukekohe in McNamara Cup
The McNamara Cup season is on the line for Bombay and Pukekohe when the two foes meet at Bombay Domain on Saturday. For the home side, a place in the McNamara Cup semi-finals beckons if they can get the win. A loss will likely see them needing to upset second-placed Patumahoe in the final round to get in.
Pukekohe meanwhile are playing for a home semi-final. They need to win their two remaining games and hope Bombay does beat Patumahoe next weekend to jump into second spot and book a semi-final for Colin Lawrie Fields. “Very important game this weekend - I think for us we need to be more clinical and execute our finishes,” Bombay coach Mike Tuiloma told Counties Sports Hub.“Our one percenters and a few decisions made at critical moments didn't help us at all last week. We only have two more opportunities to try get into those semi's and I back my boys always.“But this week is a new week against another great team, for us it's now nailing those one percenters and having a view of zero errors and letting the boys play with some freedom to play and execute opportunity whilst still maximizing our team strengths. Hope we can get the result, but it's footy and we'll only know at the end of 80 minutes. but until then we coaches can only do our best to prep the boys well for Saturday and let them do their thing and have fun doing it.”
Manurewa will need to secure five points against Ardmore Marist when they meet at Bruce Pulman Park. Ardmore Marist are yet to win a game this season and Jeremy Clark’s side should be able to get their crucial five points but will be keeping a close eye on the scores at Bombay as he hopes to jump into fourth spot and have a chance at defending their crown.
Unbeaten Karaka travels to Massey Park to face Papakura in a match that doesn’t have any impact on the finals. Karaka will be looking to keep their winning streak alive while Papakura are playing for pride.
The leading sides in the Bob Chandler Cup Premier Development grade will look to shake down their performances ahead of the semi-finals.
Top ranked Karaka travels to second-placed Papakura while fourth placed Pukekohe travels to Bombay.
Top four sides meet in the Sid Marshall Shield competition when defending champions Drury head up the hill at Onewhero on Thursday night.
In other Thursday night fixtures, Maramarua will look to keep their semi-final ambitions alive when they travel to Tuakau while Waiuku hosts Te Kohanga.
In Saturday matches, Manurewa hosts Te Kauwhata in a battle between two sides on the bubble of the semi-final positions, while Weymouth travels to Puni.