Melton Broncos prepare for First Grade, as Wolves return

This Saturday there will be two new teams playing in the NRL Victoria Men’s First Grade competition. The North West Wolves have returned after spending 2018 in second grade, whilst the Melton Broncos will be making their debut in the top division.

The Wolves had a frustrating season in 2017 which led to their axing from first grade. They were consistently beaten by large scores. Speaking ahead of their round one clash against Altona, Wolves Coach Pete Russo says there is an “infectious enthusiasm” around the club.

“We’re very excited,” he said.

“We had to do a complete rebuild after 2017. We expected it to take two to three years to get back into first grade, so to do it in one is a great effort.”

Asked if the side had any goals for the season, Russo kept it low key.

“The aim is to be very competitive, as well as mould two harmonious teams.”

Russo wants there to be a good relationship between first and reserve grade teams, so as to create good club culture.

When it comes to new recruits, Russo has been impressed by Assistant Coach Josh Kirk.

He believes Kirk will provide some good leadership in the halves.

“He’s a good talker, which we really lacked at the club,” he said.

“Me and him think alike and are on the same wavelength.”

The Melton Broncos make their first grade debut after a 2018 season where they finished fifth in second-grade. Their first round match up will be against the Truganina Rabbitohs at Macpherson Park Sports Complex. The Rabbitohs finished 2018 in sixth position, not far out of finals contention.

The Broncos would love to get a win straight up and mirror the form of their women’s team, who started with a victory against Altona on the weekend.


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