Bega Roosters pecking at Eden Tigers
Bega District News
James Scott is excited to launch a defense of Bega’s undefeated status in the under 18s competition when the Bega Roosters travel to Eden this weekend.
Scott will be looking to his halves combination of Nathan Curtis and Declan Bower-Scott to settle the side early and focus on ball security and line defense.
“If we can work ourselves into the contest with a minimum error rate, I’m sure we can get the season off on the right note,” Scott said, adding the side had a great pre-season and he was excited for the launch.
The Chicks are ready to take on the Eden Tigerettes, but club president Garry Arkin said the team had been “rocked by season-ending injuries” with Trudi Badullovich and Alliera Bower-Scott both out for extended stints.
“Add to that Sarah Lucas and Madison Parbery are both under injury clouds, but on the plus side, the Chicks have gained exciting prospects,” Arkin said.
Ray Ringland is heading up coaching of the side this year and will look to the Chicks’ veteran players like Joccoaa Rogers, Kezie Apps and the returning Hayley Jessop to give runners space.
A number of the Chicks were just named in the Group 16 representative side after a trial game held on Monday and will be running on all cylinders for Sunday’s game.
The reserve grade clash will see the Wayne Northey coached Roosters facing the returning Cobargo-Bermagui Eels.
“Our opponents are definitely an unknown force,” Northey said. “But our main focus will be our team playing a disciplined game of rugby league and making sure we do all the little things right.”
Former Eden captain-coach Allan Aldridge will join the Roosters in the halves combination and he is a valuable asset to the tri-colours with his play-making abilities.
The Fuller brothers will also be in full swing on the fringes and ready to make a sweeping attack against the Cobargo line.
The three matches will lead to the thrilling headline showdown between two classic rivals as the Roosters clash with the Tigers. The Shane O’Neill and Dick Horton Memorial Shield will be up for grabs with the Roosters looking to retain the coveted trophy. Arkin said the Roosters know they will be facing a spirited challenge.
Bega coach Kane Morgan is keen to blow off the cobwebs and hit the ground running for the season, putting faith in some of the young new additions to the top grade.
“We need to get our structure right from the opening whistle and work to completing our sets,” Morgan said. “If we do that right, we will go close to bringing home the two points.”
The Roosters will hold a season launch Friday night at the Grand Hotel and all are invited to attend on the night and celebrate the start of the season.
Play is at George Brown Memorial Oval, Eden, from 10.30am on Sunday.