Coach impressed with union talent
RUGBY UNION: The weekend turn-out Young Brahmans coach Jack Wright had been hoping for did not quite eventuate, but the results have been just as good.
The coach was using the weekend as a trial for his young players, with guest coaches from Brisbane helping the young players with technique.
Unfortunately not everything worked to plan.
One of the two coaches, Paul Healy, was unable to make the trip due to work commitments but Tim Grady did arrive and was on hand to assist the players, especially the forwards, throughout the weekend.
“We did a lot of work on line-outs, scrums and the breakdown,” Wright said.
Although expecting close to 50 young players to attend, Wright took some positives away from the weekend.
In the end 22 players attended the two-day coaching sessions with another 12 informing Wright they were unavailable for the weekend.
One headache Wright no longer has is cutting down the size of his squad.
“We are going to run with what we have,” he pledged.
Originally the plan was to cut out some players to get the squad closer to the 22 he will need for the 2010 representative program.
Wright, who played in the same forward pack as Grady, said the standard of the young players was good and had impressed the visiting coach.
One player who caught the eye of Grady was massive front-rower Aaron Longbottom.
“Tim was very impressed with him,” Wright said.
Others to stand out were Cameron Lindley, Phillip Brown, Moura’s Ryan Brownlee and Colts’ Nicholas Hickey.
One of the rugby league “converts”, Shaun Naske, was also among the group attending and Wright said he too had been showing a lot of early promise.
The sessions, held on both Saturday and Sunday, took place on the Victoria Park grounds.
Wright said there was still room for players outside of those who attended at the weekend to make a push for consideration in the Young Brahmans.
More good news for the young team is the appointment of Lachlan Wells, who will be the back-line coach.
With the season just around the corner, the most pressing job for the Young Brahmans is finding suitable opposition for trial matches.
The coach said he had been hoping to take the team to Blackwater when the Brahmans play there against Central Highlands but at this stage that arrangement is in doubt as the Highlanders don’t appear to be able to raise an age-group side.
However, Wright is more confident about the team getting a game on February 6.
That date has been designated as the code’s Charity Day, with the senior Brahmans facing off against the President’s XV at Rugby Park.
It is also hoped that Mackay will bring teams down to Rockhampton to play against both the senior and Young Brahmans.
The representative program for Queensland Country teams begins on February 13.