July 11, 2022
The Kaiviti Silktails will play the remaining rounds of the Ron Massey Cup games in Sydney, Australia.
The Silktails were initially scheduled to play Rounds 16, 17 and 18 back home after nearly two years of being based in Sydney because of COVID-19 travel restrictions and protocols.
NSWRl.com.au reports their plan had to scrap in a bid to push for a place in the finals starting 13-14 August.
"There were some timelines that have now passed and some logistics we just couldn’t get on top of," Silktails executive director Steve Driscoll said.
"But we just couldn’t make it happen."
"The boys are very disappointed as friends and families back home were as excited as us to showcase what a great club the Silktails are."
The Wes Naiqama-coached side are in the sixth spot on the Ron Massey standing and one win outside the top-five that will be the cut-off for the finals.
But the Silktails have four rounds remaining and two rain-postponed games still to play.
"So, there's 12 points on offer which still has us in a strong position to progress," Driscoll said.
"Returning home was going to give us the chance to pay tribute to her and celebrate her life. But we will plan to do that now in the 2023 season."
"The focus now is just to finish the year strongly and get into that top-five."
"Considering all the challenges we've faced this year, Wes and (assistant coach) Daryl Millard have done so well. The biggest losing margin for us this year has only been eight points."
"Although we've lost games to teams below us on the table, we have pushed the Hills Bulls and St Marys to the very end."
"As long as we can stay injury-free, we can really do something this year. We’re the sort of team that in the finals no-one wants to come up against because we’re capable of beating anyone."
The Silktails will face St Mary's at 2pm Mascot Oval on Saturday.
By Romeka Romena