Ben Robinson is hoisted into the sky during some lineout training for the Redmen.
Ben Robinson is hoisted into the sky during some lineout training for the Redmen.

Rebuilding Redmen have depth

TRAINING is in full swing for season 2010 for the Grafton Redmen with players being put through their paces prior to the season opener against Lismore on April 17.

First Grade coach Brett Graham says the prospect of fielding four teams in this year’s Coopers Far North Coast Rugby competition will ensure a strong player depth within the club.

And it all begins now.

“We’ve had a good turn up so far, it’s pleasing to see the number of players at training,” says Graham.

“At this stage we will be fielding a first, second and third grade side and also an under-19 side to be coached by Steve Hackett... it all looks pretty promising.”

To clear the cobwebs out before the season proper the Redmen are gearing up for several trial games with their first on March 13 at home in the annual ‘White Ants’ fundraiser.

It was a disappointing 2009 season for the Redmen who are going through a rebuilding stage but Graham is confident in a better showing this year by the famous ‘blood and bandages’. Promise in the junior ranks could be where the rebuilding begins.

“We have retained most of the players from last year and have a few promising kids coming through,” says Graham.

“I expect Tim Landrigan and Matt Runge who were recently selected in the Far North Coast side to have big years.”



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