KYOGLE High School will be raging hot favourites when the final of The Northern Star Group One Secondary Schools Mid-week rugby league shield is played tonight at Kyogle's New Park.
But they should not underestimate a committed Trinity Catholic College side even though a number of the Catholic school's top players could be sidelined.
Kyogle looks set to be at full strength, but Trinity may be without star lock Joe Witt, five-eighth and captain Chris DeGiusti and centre John Campbell.
Witt is on rep duty with the Combined Catholic Colleges team, while DeGiusti and Campbell are both carrying injuries.
But the Trinity captain refused to rule himself out late last week, despite carrying a quadriceps injury.
"I can run and at this stage I might play," DeGiusti said.
"Games against Kyogle are always very tough and very physical.
"We beat them with our school side last year."
But that victory will count for little when the teams line-up at 5 o'clock this evening.
Kyogle were the inaugural winners of the shield last year and the word around town is that this team is just as good as last year's.
To highlight just how good last year's side was, two members of that team ? Tom Ivanusa and Shannon Walker ? are playing regular first grade with Kyogle, while Walker and Will Mathews are both part of the classy Northern Rivers Under-18s team.
n Match coverage tomorrow in the Star.