Local rugby in safe hands
THE FUTURE of rugby in Grafton is in good hands after seven under-14 Redmen players were recently selected in the Far North Coast representative side.
The players were selected in the side after performing at the North Coast trials in October last year.
The Far North Coast squad have trials in Coffs Harbour and Armidale in preparation for the annual Country Week to be held in the Hunter region during the first week in May.
With a mixture of promising forwards and backs the seven budding rugby star’s have the opportunity to further their representative honours if picked in the Country team.
Named in the North Coast team are Matt Bertalli, Adrian Battaglini, Gyles Cullen, Nathan McPherson, Ben Jackson, John King and Bryce Edwards.
Coached by Tony King, a former front-row forward who played for Deniliquin, Moree and Grafton, the under-14 Redmen side is made up of players from last season’s under-13 squad and King is hopeful of another successful season.
“We’ve had plenty of numbers at training and have been working hard on our skill levels,” King said.
“We made the semi-finals last year in the under-13s and have retained the majority of players this season.
“We are looking forward to what should be a successful season.”
King said the overall standard of the side is high and singled out Gyles Cullen as a player of the future. “Gyles is a standout at fullback and a player to watch in the future. He won the Zone best and fairest last season playing in the under-13 competition,” he said.