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with Rugby Director, Chris Hall
This week marks the halfway point in the season for Norths (and isn’t it flying!)
Speaking to many of our players, coaches and supporters the season to date has felt a little clunky with only a couple of home games and a BYE in Round 2. Now it’s time for our sides to hit their straps and show consistency throughout the grades week-to-week.
In recent weeks we have seen a couple of classic matches in First Grade, first the ‘arm wrestle’ encounter against Gordon (at Chatswood Oval) and then the come from behind victory last Saturday against Souths. The boys showed true composure and belief to win that game, with the set-piece and game management probably the difference in the second half.
Pleasing also to see twos, threes and fours come up with a win, with fourth grade pulling a couple of wins in a row. Looking forward to seeing these sides get a roll on over the coming weeks.
Special mention must go to Josh Kay. After having a few weeks off due to work, Josh was ushered back into starting in 3rd Grade (at fly-half) and steered them to a solid win. Following this, unfortunately, Jack Clancy copped a head knock in the first couple of minutes in 2nd Grade, which meant Josh was back out there again running the show. As 2nd Grade manager Tom Boyce stated after the game, “Josh Kay was nothing short of heroic today”. A quality effort from Josh playing two full games!
In other news, best of luck to Pat Tafa who is playing in the Under 20s World Cup in Argentina. Pat is a dominant ball carrying backrower and we’re looking forward to seeing him back with us in a couple of weeks. Important to note, ex-Head Coach Shannon Fraser is also with the 20s Squad as a backs/attack coach.
Lastly, Norths has been doing some great things in the community over the past couple of weeks. I was proud to see Tommy Evans, Will Darling and a group of our men’s and women’s players (from Grade, Colts and Women’s 7s) hitting the ‘Balmoral Burn’ Charity run last Sunday. There were approximately 25 representatives from Norths there on the day.
We also welcomed the Norths Junior Reps last Saturday who were presented their jerseys by First grade winger, Lochie Creagh. The young boys all seemed pretty excited about being out on North Sydney Oval and meeting the players after the game.