THE HANNA BOYS - BOOKENDS OF THE FUTURE
Pictured - Krista's two7eleven magazine has captured the size and strength of Tim Hanna in this action shot against Griffith Black and White during the 2012 season. Tim and older brother Jack are exciting prospects for the future.
By Peter (Parra) Montgomery
There are two young props coming through the ranks of the Magpies Club that should have the Club fans drooling at the prospect of them both making it into the Senior sides.
Their promotion into First Grade selection contention could be a couple of seasons away. As the hair shampoo advertisement says “It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen”.
The props I am referring to are the Hanna brothers, Jack and Tim, who were outstanding in the Under 18 and Under 16 teams in 2012.
The brothers have rare ‘body size’ for athletes coming up through the Hay system.
Both are tall – each over 183 cm (six foot) and both with good weight and strength for prop forwards.
The last locally produced front rower of promise was Luke Deacon. Luke developed greatly in his final two years with the Club under the guidance of Rene Woods and Gareth Price – co-incidentally, both prop forwards. Luke is currently at University in Wollongong.
Provided they aren’t forced out of town for employment and/or education, the Hanna brothers loom as ‘bookends’ for the Magpies for many years to come.
Tim was dominant in Dean Whitehead’s Under 16 team last year. His strength, ability to bust a tackle, and off load, caught the eye of many good judges and many are predicting a representative career in Group 20 and beyond is not past him.
He has good punishing defence, and he has the pace to get away from the defence if given ‘clear air’ in attack.
Coach Dean Whitehead sand Tim’s praises at the Magpies Presentation night in September.
Whitehead, a former Riverina representative fullback, has been Tim’s coach right through his junior days.
“Tim has the ability, I believe, to play NRL football if he puts his mind to it.
“He has all the skills, probably just needs to get on the weights and build himself up in the upper body and anything is a possibility.
“He was fantastic for us this year. He has controlled aggression and is a pleasure to coach. He is willing to learn, and I predict him to be even better in 2013,” Whitehead said
Older brother Jack, was a stand-out in the Under 18 pack in 2012.
Jack stood head and shoulders over his team mates, and like younger brother Tim, has the ability to bust a tackle and off-load in traffic.
His Under 18 coach in 2012, Jack Byrnes, too, was generous in his praise of the rookie prop.
“He gave it his best every game even though the team was outweighed and outplayed by plenty of good sides in the competition.
“We struggled due to the unavailability of numbers at various times during the year due to injuries and other reasons, but Jack was one bloke who gave his utmost in every game.
“Like younger brother Tim, Jack probably needs to build up his upper body strength with a sensible weights programme and if he can do that his opportunities will open up for him”, Byrnes said.
The arrival of Moe Clune and Aaron Sweeney should greatly enhance the front-rowing skills of both Tim and Jack. Both Moe and Aaron have played alongside and under some outstanding coaches.
I will follow the boys progress with interest during the coming season.
What they are prepared to put into the season, should be returned to them in bucketloads by its end.