Discussion in 'Newcastle Knights Discussion' started by rhugh89, Nov 30, 2017.
But who's counting?
Desperately counting and looking forward with great enthusiasm.
First trial games for 18s and 16s should be in about 2 or 3 weeks.
Under 18s this year could be something really special.
Who are the ones in u18s SG Ball to keep an eye on. This age group has lost a few players from Harold Matthews cup. So should be interesting
Well I notice halves Pheonix Crossland and Jock Madden, along with others like Brock Gardner, Tom Baker, Timanu Alexander and maybe a few more from the 2016 under 16s are all training with the under 20s in the off season. I don't know how we'll be doing it this year, but i'd hope most of those guys will play under 18s till the Ball season is over.
Others from the 2017 Mathews squad like Best, Buderus, Croker, Purcell all look ready to step up a year early.
I think we have also recruited a kiwi and a Fijian.
I haven't seen any mention of Teva Mataora or Joel Dark, but they are guys I hope we see as well.
We made the grandfinal in Mathews in 2016 and 2017 for a narrow loss and a narrow win, so most of the players in under 18s this year will be coming from those winning squads.
Yeah your right, Crossland, Madden, Gardiner, Baker, Alexander all been training with 20s, But all returned to Ball training prior to Xmas.
I hope Crossland & Madden have a great 2018 as unfortunately 2017 playing ball a year young didn't do them any favours specially in defence. But its a learning curve.
Gardener didn't play much Ball a year young coukdnt get a run. All I hope is he has put some weight on in the off season, He is way to lean to play middle
Baker is a great prospect up front
Alexander is for mine pick of the group. Very exciting player who can play numerous positions but doesn't get the recognition he deserves, Great player
Others a year young in 2018
Best fantastic player but not long had shoulder reco so wont play any part in SG Ball a year young
Bederus will be in the squad but a lot will depend on how Crossland & Madden go. If any injuries Bederus will be straight in
Croker a good player but I'm unsure how much time he will get
Purcell This will be interesting. He plays lock as does Gardiner, Unless they move Gardiner to 2nd row or they move Purcell to front row. Personaly I think Purcell is a good player but he is someone who is not explosive or someone who will break the line, But still a great worker looking forward to see how he handles SG Ball a year young
In an interview with browny today he said our first trial is against melbourne. Does anyone know the when and where of this game? Judging by his comments theres quite a few first graders he wants to have run in this match.
Melbourne have games against Leeds, Warriors and Cowboys according to the roar site.
Not sure if interview has been posted elsewhere but he said we play storm before parra trial?
Heres the interview @Billy
maybe we are giving Melbourne a warm up game the week before the WCC. I know Leeds are playing a warmup game.
Storm play leeds on the 16th of feb and we play parra on the 24th i think. So if we do id assume its in the 2nd week of feb. Preaseason games are listed on nrl.com and only has us down as playing parra.
It could also be our fringe guys against Storm fringe guys.
I know our first trial last year was our reserves v titans reserves in Murwillumbah and it wasn't treated as a real trial. The only firstgrader playing was Hodko from memory.
I went up to watch it and it was funny hearing the comments in the stands when Tom Starling was warming up about how the little guy was going to get killed, and the little guy had a blinder.
Has there been trials in the past that have been closed to the public. I honestly dont know.
I wonder if the score will be publicised at all!
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i wonder if there was enough interest from the fans perhaps they may stream it. No doubt the club will be recording it for analysis purposes
Melbourne probably want to keep their positional changes under wraps if they are using it to warm up for the WCC.
Great trial game that one!!!! Mods move it wherever necessary.
The Knights score, and the crowd goes wil- oh no sorry, nevermind.
Can someone confirm the kickoff time for the Knights V Parra trial in Maitland? I've been searching a while online and can't find it anywhere.
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