Unbeaten Avondale Wombats welcome tough final rounds

University players, from left, Chris Miller, Leon Mason, Andrew Rae, Paulie Tuala, Mitch Bell and Alex Sims. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

University players, from left, Chris Miller, Leon Mason, Andrew Rae, Paulie Tuala, Mitch Bell and Alex Sims. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Avondale coach James Patrick has welcomed his unbeaten team's testing sequence of games leading into the finals series.

The Wombats have put together a perfect 12-0 record and all but wrapped up the minor premiership with four rounds remaining.

Patrick is confident season-ending clashes with Vikings, Camden, Kiama and Shamrocks will ensure his side is battle-hardened for the post-season.

"Our last four games are against teams fighting for that fourth spot, so we're looking forward to it," he said.

"We're pretty happy with the way we're travelling. We've had a couple of easy games which has been good for our confidence, but I don't know if it's good for our build-up to the games that are coming.

"We're down to the last month before the semi-finals, so everybody's going to throw something at us and come out with their own game plan to beat us. That's excellent for us. It's just what we need going into the finals."

Avondale have contested five of the past six grand finals but managed to claim just one premiership.

Finishing the regular season undefeated is nothing to sneeze at, but Patrick is focused on greater glory.

"It's nice being unbeaten during the season, but you have to carry on, and I'd lose three or four games to win a grand final," he said.

"I'm always a fan of a loss, just to bring everybody back down to earth, but all the boys are still very focused."

The Wombats take on fourth-placed Vikings at Vikings Field on Saturday.

"It's always hard at Vikings and they've been very competitive over the last month, so it'll be a good battle," Patrick said.

University will wear pink jumpers for breast cancer awareness in their road game against Bowral.

Uni coach Shaun McCreedy said the club also wanted to help raise funds for Bowral player Joe Johnston, who suffered a serious head injury during a match in May.

In other games, Shamrocks host Tech Waratahs, while Shoalhaven are at home against Camden.

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