Max talks Souths Vs Parra
Southern Districts had their second hit out for the preseason last Saturday at Forshaw against Parramatta.
On a day when the club had 30 players involved in playing matches for various representative teams including Dewitt Roos, Sean Doyle and Sam Latinpulu who were involved in a game in Melbourne between the Melbourne Risers and a Sydney Club selection add to that around 10 players with 1st grade experience not available the team still managed a 34-17 win (6 tries to 2) over Parramatta.
We are told that Parramatta were only missing 3 or 4 players, (these things are hard to really know at this time of the season)
Again we had some new players playing so combination's were a little rusty, however the attitude of the boys out there was once more of a very high standard, against a much bigger forward pack we matched them in every facet on the day.
Callum Reilly (7) was the standout forward closley followed by Jono Hayes (6) and Hoani Matinga (4) who again showed what value he is going to be this season.
The introduction of Charlie Vatubua playing at Inside centre was a plus, although he did not have his goal kicking boots on (2/6) he gave us some tremendous go forward in the midfield and close to the line on one occasion his 115 kilo frame carried 3 defenders over the line for a very strong try.
Charlie is a 19 year old Fijian who has come to us via New Zealand where he finished his schooling last year in the Waikato playing for the Waikato Under 20's NPC team in the national league, with some hard work and game time we are sure that he will be a tremendous asset.
Another player to stand out on the day was Ben Connelly who's size and speed was more than Parramatta could handle out wide.
We do not have a trial on the weekend of the 19th but will be playing Manly at Menai the following Saturday, with our round 1 match on the 2nd of April being against Eastwood at T.G.Milner then on the 9th of April in round 2 we will be playing East's at home, prior to which on Friday the 8th of April at the club we have our season launch luncheon with some entertainment to be provide by the one and only Wendell Sailor.