Coaches happy with trial
By JEFF GEDDES
LITHGOW Workmens Club Wolves opened their 2016 rugby league campaign under the new regime of captain coach Jonathan Van Veen when they trialled against Windsor Wolves at the Lithgow High School over the weekend.
The match was played in a variety of weather patterns.
It started off cool, then got hot and then the remainder of the game was played in heavy rains with the defence of both sides extremely physical.
The winning points went to Windsor who brought with them a slick, fit and fast combination that has been training since last year.
Windsor is coached by former St George-Illawarra, Manly and Penrith front rower Brent Kite who praised the Lithgow side for its commitment and intensity.
Windsor, one of the feeder clubs for the Penrith Panthers NRL club, boasted some very good players, but to their credit, the Lithgow boys who were missing several of their main players from last year made them work hard for their points.
The Workies side was made up of a number of players who were having their first run of the year, under 18 players from last year and first division players.
“Considering the side we put out on the paddock, we did all right,” coach Johnathon Van Veen said.
“There was no lack of commitment and it was only late in the quarters when their fitness which was superior to ours showed out when they scored their tries.
We held them our for long periods and our defence was first rate.
“We rested some of our big men who would have been real handy out there against the size of their pack, but those who filled in never shirked their duty and played well.”
There were some good performances from the Lithgow side with Cory Willmott, Johnathon Van Veen, Harry Bender, Steve Lang, Boe Biles and Sam Rushworth all playing well in a side that never stopped trying throughout.
The Windsor side had a Lithgow flavour about it with former Wolves and Giants’ player Zack Jones turning out for them.
Jones signed on with Windsor a couple of weeks ago and had a strong game scoring a good try.
His performance would have please coach Kite.
The game was played in a good spirit with both coaches happy with their players.
“It was a good hit out and we might have another trial before the Bathurst Knockout,” Van Veen added.
“Hopefully we will have a full compliment of our best players on board when the Group 10 competition starts Sunday April 10 when we travel to Bathurst to take on the strong St Patrick’s side.”