Gabe Cooper - 2nd Colts -

Gabe Cooper – 2nd Colts

Gabe Cooper is playing a pivotal role for the 2nd Colts in their Shell Trophy run to the finals.

Currently sitting 3rd on the Shell Trophy ladder, the 2nd Colts are looking to carry their momentum into the finals as Norths face Warringah this weekend.

The final round of the season will be a tough one for the Red and Black as they look to get revenge over Warringah following their 12-0 defeat in Round 1.

We recently caught up with young Gabe Cooper and gained an insight to his Norths playing career and his journey to the finals with 2nd Colts.

Your position?
Mainly played 10 this year but also play a bit of 9/15.
 
How you came to Norths and where you have played before?
Tossing up between a few clubs I came to Norths at the beginning of last year with a mate and am very happy I did, I was previously playing for Uni-Norths down in Canberra and played juniors for Killara West Pymble.
 
It’s finals time and what are you most looking forward to?
Last year in 2nd’s we were in a similar position come finals time and we weren’t able to go all the way being knocked out of our semi despite being 2 tries up in the first 10 minutes. So I guess coming into finals I’m looking forward to getting a second shot at winning the competition but I’m also looking forward to the intensity lift that comes with playing during finals.
What’s been the best part about this season?
Similar to last year it’s always good fun when the team’s combinations start to click and we get on a roll, the last few weeks we have recorded some big wins so confidence is high and chat is positive.
A great thing about Norths is the club’s ability to get the balance right in raising a competitive but also a great social environment. Given the Shute Shield is such a long season, this balance is really important and ensures all the boys enjoy training each week.
Life outside of Rugby. What are your hobbies and where do you work/study?
 
With two younger brothers at home I will pretty much play any sport,  I’m in my second year of my degree at Sydney Uni and also do a fair bit of coaching for various sports, currently coaching the mighty u12 Mosman Dolphins!
Who are your closest mates at Norths and how have they contributed to the successes of the team?
Love all the boys at Norths and everyone drives the culture. I’ve got a great group of mates that I played with both last year and again this year including Jordie, Wim, Cudders, Campo and coach George.
All the boys have been killing it this year not only in attack/defence but adding to the culture. Campo is a bit of a hero and I’m pretty sure Cudders has scored 90% of the tries scored by colts in the past 2 years!
Key lesson learnt for Rugby this year and this year’s biggest challenges?
 
In relation to the game itself I think I have learnt a lot about game management this year, in particular the idea that you don’t have to score off every phase and you have to earn the right to play wide. Getting that balance right between patient and exciting rugby is quite a big challenge and something I am still improving on.  Also I think when you get on a roll as a team it is easy to be complacent (we have done this twice already this season), so it is important that we finish the regular season strong and coming into finals we turn up for the challenge. 
 
What you are looking forward to on Saturday?

I haven’t really thought about it until now but I guess it will be my last game at Bon Andrews oval as finals aren’t played there and it is my last year in colts, so I guess I’m looking forward to playing on the field as I love playing there. I’m also looking forward to continuing our form, hopefully getting a W against Warringah running into finals.

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