League player switches to union
IT’S becoming a popular trend for rugby league players to try their hand at the 15-a-side game.
After all, you get to play on Saturday and have Sunday to recover.
For former Grafton Ghosts winger Chris Adamson, it’s the second time he’s switched codes.
On Saturday, Adamson will run out for the Redmen in first grade against Casino and the 35-year-old centre said he couldn’t be happier.
“I had a stint playing rugby in 2005; in fact I played both league and union that season,” Adamson told the Examiner yesterday.
“I’m really enjoying the switch. I enjoy playing and also the social atmosphere off the field.
“Training is serious but also a lot of fun. It’s more laidback than league.”
With the Redmen eyeing off a possible semi-final berth in 2011 after struggling last season, Adamson and former Rhino Dwayne Duke are expected to form a formidable combination out wide.
“Dwayne and I played in the centres in a trial game and struck up a good combination,” he said.
“It obviously helps my game with a few league players now playing for the Redmen.
“Apart from Dukey, Josh Nagle and Brad and Scott Lloyd are all ex-league players.”
Adamson admitted getting used to the 15-a-side game had not been easy but said he was determined to work hard at improving his game.
“Union backs appear to run from side-to-side where league backs have a centre each side,” Adamson explains.
“There is more running in the backs in rugby but the big difference I found is not being able to be free and get up and play the ball.
“Not getting back 10 metres from the ruck also takes some getting used to.”
In their first hit-out of the season the Redmen went down to Ballina 27-17 with only their kicking letting them down.
At home for the first time this season Brad Lloyd’s men will be keen to notch up a victory against the Bulls.
Noted for their spoiling at the breakdown, Casino is expected to give the Redmen a torrid time.
In Round 1 of the Far North Coast competition Casino was defeated 27-7 by Wollongbar-Alstonville.
Grafton and Casino meet in two grades, under-19s and first grade, with the Grafton third grade team up against Richmond Range.
First grade kicks off at 3pm with under-10s at 12.30pm.
1. Luke Deleiuen, 2. Justin Travers, 3. Jacob Page, 4. Beau Brotherson, 5. Nathan Cooper, 6. Brad Lloyd, 7. Simon Hampshire, 8. Declan Collie, 9. Brett Graham, 10. John Morgan, 11. Trevor Walters, 12. Scott Lloyd, 13. Chris Adamson, 14. Dwayne Duke, 15. Huan Collie
Coach: Brad Lloyd