Gundagai Tigers first grade coach, Adam Perry, came away pleased with his side’s effort in the trial against Group 7 side, Jamberoo. On a hot day, the Tigers new coach cast his eye over the team for the first time under match conditions in 2019.
The squad included several debutantes, as well as new signing Troy Barby, who started in the second row.
For the Tigers, James Luff, Damian Willis, Tyron Gorman and Brock Dunn all had solid games, while Tigers supporters would have had to been pleased with how up-and-comers such as Jack Elphick, Tallis Cotterill and James Wilson acquitted themselves.
James Smart displayed his usual strong running and an overall quality game from fullback, which in some way only reminded the crowd of what Gundagai will be missing for the majority of 2019 when he heads to the USA to play for the Boston Thirteens. While those same fans wish James all-the-best in his new venture, they will be keen to see him back in the black and gold come August-September.
As could be expected in a trial, not everything went to plan for either side, but pre-season is designed to iron-out the cobwebs, and coach Perry appears to have his side well on track for a title defence.
“I thought the boys did well for their first run. The timing was a bit out, and we have a few combinations that will come along with time, but their fitness was pretty good, and they we’ll be better for the run,” said Perry.
Gundagai’s reserve grade coach, Mark Elphick, was similarly pleased with his teams’ efforts on the day. The Burmeister Shield squad looks to be forming into a formidable outfit from early indications, with their hard-working captain-coach leading from the front once again.
‘The match was good, it’s not very often that you get the chance to play in a reserve grade trial, and in that heat I was happy with how things went,” said Elphick.
Elphick was pleased to have Scott Smart and James Manton back in the Tigers colours. They both played well, and will bring quality and depth to Elphicks team. Elphick was also pleased with the efforts of the younger brigade, mentioning: Will Herring, Jack Schubert, Cooper Smith and Charlie Barton in his post-match break down.
After a successful league tag carnival in Young, the Gundagai Tigers were given a bit of a lesson by a very talented and experienced Jamberoo side. The Tigers fought hard, but were unable to answer the many and varied attacking options of Jamberoo.
Although not in the format that may be conjucive to producing answers, the Group 9, nines competition in Cootamundra this coming weekend will give the Tigers a chance to work on a few more things leading into the first round of the 2019 Group 9 season.