Jacob ready to chop down the best
RUGBY UNION: A new business venture, recently engaged to partner Jackie and rugby season just around the corner.
Grafton Redmen forward Jacob Page is currently on cloud nine.
The likeable 24-year-old missed out on a large chunk of rugby last season setting up Raging Red Timbers at Coaldale Road north of Grafton.
Now, with both his sawmill and his life running smoothly, Page has decided to fully commit to the Redmen in 2016.
“Putting the business together and working away took up a lot of my time last year. I couldn’t make training on a regular basis or play every Saturday,” Page said.
“I’m a lot more settled this year and ready to commit 100%. I can’t wait until the season starts.
“Life is great at the moment with the new mill and getting engaged to Jackie last year was a highlight.”
On the field Page is not afraid to get his hands dirty. He’s usually first to arrive at the breakdown and last to leave. A pocket battleship in defence, Page has never shirked taking on bigger players, cutting their legs from under them like a lumberjack felling trees.
“Facing up against bigger players doesn’t bother me at all,” Page admitted.
“If I’m playing hooker I just make sure I set myself up in the scrum with the right structure and also make sure I’m defensively strong.
“It’s not an issue for me where I play in the forwards…anywhere I can stick my head in.”
It’s no secret the Redmen trophy cabinet has been gathering dust for a long time. The last time Grafton held the trophy aloft was in 2006 when the Gary Powell-coached Redmen defeated Casino 26-14.
Making the switch back to the Mid North Coast competition this season has provided some renewed enthusiasm at the club and for Page a chance to test his skills against the best the southern zone has to offer.
“I played in the Mid North Coast Zone when I was in the under-13s but never at senior level,” Page said.
“It will be a good chance to play against different teams and meet new people.
“There’s been talk that the competition might be easier than Far North Coast but that will definitely not be the case. It will be a chance to gauge ourselves against the other teams early on and see if we can be competitive.”
The season opener kicks off this weekend with the Redmen set for a first-round blockbuster against Port Pirates at Stuart’s Park, Port Macquarie in two grades.