The day of reckoning for old allies

Cartha QP moved level on points with GHA after a 43-18 victory against Dumfries to set
up a winner takes all showdown for the RBS Championship A title between the two South
Glasgow rivals this Saturday.

Cartha sit top on point’s difference meaning a draw would be enough to see them crowned
champions.

GHA’s winger and their longest serving player Rangi Jericevich feels his side will have to be at their best to secure the title for the Braidholm side.

He said: “Cartha are a team we know well and who we have a tremendous amount of respect for.

“The core of their team has remained pretty consistent the last few times that we have played
them and we will have to be at our best if we want to come away from Dumbreck with the
victory.”

Although only 28, the GHA veteran made his first team debut at GHA in 2003. On Saturday he will come head to head with a team mate from that match, Cartha centre Andy Scott, who will be looking to put one over his former club.

Jericevich said: “Andy is a classy player and was someone who I looked up to when I first broke into the GHA team.

“He is one of these players who has the ability to create chances out of nothing and gives 100
per cent effort, 100 per cent of the time.”

Cartha captain Graham Williamson is another former team mate of Rangi’s at GHA but battle
lines will be drawn between the former allies this weekend.

He added: “It always adds a bit extra when you come up against former team mates however I don’t think it is possible to raise the ante on Saturday’s game any higher!”

GHA prepared for Saturday’s title decider with a 48 to 31 victory against Hamilton last Friday night.

Jericevich feels that the workout was important in allowing GHA to retain their sharpness ahead of the Cartha game.

He said: “The season has been a bit fragmented due to the weather and other factors and we
hadn’t played a game for a couple weeks.

“Hamilton are in the league above us so it was a good test but the victory means nothing, the
run out allowed us to work on a few things and get a bit of match practice ahead of the Cartha
game.”

Asked where he thinks the key areas will be for Saturday’s game, Jericevich was giving little away.

He said: “I don’t think there is much between the sides on paper, I think both sets of players will be running on adrenalin so it will probably come down to who deals with the pressure best and takes their chances when they come.”

Saturday’s game is at Dumbreck and Kick Off is 3pm.

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