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with Rugby Director, Chris Hall
Last week saw some gutsy performances across the board in all grades.
Whilst the competition ladders in lower grades suggest a poor start to the season, both players and coaches realise that it’s errors in key moments that are losing games. In my opinion, lower grades aren’t far off from getting things right, hopefully with some stability in key positions and winning set piece will help in getting us back into the winner’s circle!
The highlights from last week:
Women’s 7’s side getting the win over Manly (@ Manly Oval). The improvement in skill and understanding of the game is growing week-to-week.
Our coaches and players were elated after the win and will look to continue their form at North Sydney Oval when they play in front of their family and friends on Ladies Day.
2nd Grade Colts continue their undefeated charge. As mentioned in my last note, there are some quality players in that group who are still eligible to have another season in Colts. With Randwick being considered the benchmark of colts, this victory will give the players further belief!
The Grade debuts of Zane Hogan and Jayden Lynch. Both players playing colts the same day, kept the boots on and came off the bench in first and second grade respectively. This was such an impressive moment, two 18 year olds showing no fear and matching their older opposite number. Both these boys have extremely bright futures in the Red and Black.
We have had some coaching movements over the off-season, with Matty Gordon taking on the Head Coaching Role in 2nd Grade. MG is doing a tremendous job forming a tight culture and playing a dynamic style of rugby.
In 3rds, Grahame Stokes (Premiership Winning Coach – 2018) returns as Head Coach along with Justin Trolip being promoted to forwards coach. JT has had success with 4th grade over the past couple of seasons and we feel these two will compliment each other’s skill set in 2019.
Lastly in fourth grade, Stephen Scholes has committed to being the Head Coach along with injured backrower Tom Mencinsky. Scholesy was an ex-player at Norths and was remembered as a slinky winger with the ability to always beat the first man. We also want to congratulate him on his first born son being delivered last week! Nick Marshall is also helping out as the lower grade skills coach and by all reports doing a fantastic job.
Looking forward to seeing a good crowd at North Sydney Oval this week when we host Sydney Uni and our ladies day. A big thank you to Prue Sinclair and Carolyn Kay for all their help making the day a success.
Good luck to everyone this weekend.