Group 9 News
RATHER than be fazed by the favourites tag, Gundagai captain-coach James Smart is more than prepared to live with it.
Heading into a testing opening round clash with Young at Anzac Park on Sunday, Gundagai is widely regarded as the team to beat for this year’s Group Nine titlemore
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Players were chosen following a tally of appearances in the Team of the Week over the season, but countback rules were needed to decide some positions.
It must be stressed the Group Nine Team of the Year, which is chosen by the 11 first grades coaches, will be announced at the Weissel Medal presentation.more
Capping a magnificent five years at Kangaroos, outgoing captain-coach Adam Hall made the team alongside rookie club-mate Callum Polsen.
All that now needs to be done is for the Team of the Year to be finalised.
Watch this space!more
In contrast, Young's 22-18 loss to Junee has dumped to team to fifth and into an elimination final against the Thunder at Greenfield Parkmore
Srama has a torn hamstring and a suspected broken rib, leaving him unlikely to play for the Blues in the final round as well.
In a change, Laurie Daley Oval is out of action,forcing Junee to Albury at nearby Loftus Oval.
All the teams for round 17:more
Thorman has completed a four-game suspension, while Smart rested last week because of minor injuries.
Significantly, the critical game has been moved to Keith Cullen Oval because of the continuing wet weather.more
Unsurprisingly, four Southcity players landed places following the Bulls rampaging victory over Albury at Harris Park on Sunday.
Across the board, players from five other clubs also made the team.more
Likewise, three Young players also landed in the team following the Cherrypickers' success in the wet at Nixon Park.more
Byatt's outstanding performance in Tumbarumba's 32-22 loss to Junee could not fail to impress.
Likewise, Junee's standin skipper Trent Schuback and second rower Will Merritt
also grabbed spotsmore
Three captain-coaches – Neil Thorman (Young), Daniel Fitzhenry (Temora) and Ben Jeffery (Albury) – deservedly surged into the team.more
Hot-headed Roos players failed to keep their emotions in check as the Wagga club endured a humiliating second half slaughter at the hands of the Cherrypickers.more
Showing the rich diversity of talent across the region, the Team of the Week includes players from Brothers, Young, Temora, Southcity, Junee, Tumbarumba and Albury.more
On a weekend of error-ridden games and shoddy performances there was dearth of players in contention for places in the team.
However, one of the first chosen was Temora's imposing young lock Hayden Philp, who turned in a blinder for the Dragons against Tumbarumba.
The full team is:more
With Corey Spinks out with a back injury, teenager Bradon Taylor has been drafted in at five-eighth for the clash with Tumbarumba at Nixon Park on Sunday.
Taylor gets his chance beside halfback Daniel Fitzhenry following the injury to Spinks in Temora's 66-0 thrashing by Gundagai in round one.
KIWI Dakota Ruta wasted no time in making a massive impact on the Group Nine premiership.
Only days after touching down in Cootamundra, Ruta starred as the Bulldogs outlasted Brothers 32-24 at McDonald's Park on Sunday.
For his efforts, Ruta claimed a coveted place in the Team of the Week.
The complete Team of the Week is:more
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Rookies and the more experienced alike shone in the final round of the Group Nine premiership at the weekend.
Teenagers including Cameron Andrews and Ed Ansell shared the spotlight alongside established stars of the calibre of Matt Wakefield and James Luff.
And between them all, they make up the Team of the Week for round 18:more
WAGGA teenage Mitch Bennett would have been hard pressed to pick a better time to make his first grade debut for Southcity.
A week out from the Group Nine finals, Bennett, 18, got his call-up to the top team as the Bulls ravaged Tumbarumba by 80 points at Harris Park on Saturday.more
Jeffery's spot at fullback has been taken by Lachie Hampton, while a cloud hangs over star centre Mitch Seaton.
At Southcity, Nick Skinner and Michael Glanville are out.
Find out who else is also missing from the team's for round 18 of the Group Nine premiershipmore
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And Hands displayed all of his creativity, skill and tackling power as the Diesels ravaged Kangaroos 30-8 at Laurie Daley Oval last Saturday.
Little wonder Hands is in the Team of the Week for round 17 of the Group Nine premiership.
The team is:more
MISSION accomplished was the message from Junee captain-coach Matt Hands after the Diesels overwhelmed Kangaroos at Laurie Daley Oval on Saturday.
Needing to win to retain their “momentum” before the Group Nine finals, Junee made the most of limited opportunities to beat Kangaroos 30-8 in a game marred by mistakes.more
Fresh from the bye, McCarthy was at his best as the Bulls beat Roos 22-12, guaranteeing him pride of place in the Team of the Week.more
Foster was in dynamic touch as Roos routed Young 32-10 on Saturday, while Cherrypickers recruit Neil Thorman was also recognised for his efforts in the game.more
The Thunder have reported centres Mitch and Chris Seaten and winger Daniel Hill are set to miss the game, with Joe Silafau and Adam Hudson the new centres.
Rookie referee Toby Popple will control the game, only his second first grade posting.
Here are all the team selections:more
With 17 of the first grade squad from two decades ago watching on the Brethren made untold mistakes before losing 24-18 to Kangaroos.
And Roos captain-coach Adam Hall was left fuming with the performance.more
No tough decision when it came to naming the first player for the Team of the Week after the third round of the Group Nine premiership.
Gundagai hooker James Luff picked himself following a four-try demolition of Junee at Laurie Daley Oval on Sunday.more
Wiping away almost two years of heartache, Tumut ended a 23-game losing drought by blasting past Roos in a mistake-ridden duel in Wagga.more
Despite declaring he was delighted with the strength of the Group Nine team, Morton revealed on Monday there were serious obstacles in the path of the selected players.more
Eagerly counting to his debut in the toughest premiership in bush football, Black has also thrown his utter support behind Brothers new centres Kirren Roughley and Daniel “Doc” Halliday for the big game.more
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