2. Message from John Slender – Briars Rugby Chairman
It is preseason and the boys are in the thick of it. Numbers aren't too bad rounding out at 35-40 at each session with 20 Colts aged players in the mix. We've yet to see their front rower mates turn up to training which is the determining factor for Colts getting off the ground. Hopefully they will roll out of the pub like true subbies props do 2 weeks prior to round one. In general the attitude amongst the players is positive with skills, fitness and defense an improvement on where we were this time last season. A lot more work is needed before round 1 and this weekend is our first lot of trials in Braidwood against the locals and Jindabyne.
The coaching panel for this season is as follows:
Lachlan White - Club Coaching Co-ordinator & First Grade Coach
Lachlan isn't new to us. A former Briars 1st Grade premiership front rower, in his daytime job he is the Director of Sport & Co-Curricular Activities at Trinity Grammar and in training to become a Level 4 accredited Rugby Coach. Lachlan returns to the role building on improving the boys skills. Compared to this time last year rugby is in a much better position in terms of skill & defensive development. Further improvement is needed and Lachlan is working hard with our coaches to deliver it to the players
David Weston - First Grade Assistant Coach
Dave joins us this season to assist with first grade and provide further assistance across the club with the skills drills sessions. David's current occupation is Head of Technology & Design Department with SHORE School and is also their Level 2 accredited Ist XV Rugby coach
Mitchell Paish - Second Grade Coach
Sir Mitch to some of us because if any of the boys end up on the wrong side of the law they will need his services to bail them out. Its great to have Mitchell return this year as our second grade coach. He has an extensive background in Rugby as a player and coach. Formerly with West Harbour Colts he brings to today's generation some Old School training which is the "Harden the F#$K Up Sunshine", attitude. Great to see this style of coaching still exists and how Mitch coaches the win at the breakdown attitude.
Tim Entwisle - Third Grade Coach
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Tim returns without Scott McGill. Although Scott is still involved. Tim's work with the squad and the rest of the coaches is showing an improvement with skill and fitness amongst the third graders. I'm really looking forward to 3s taking to the field this season and I expect to see a big improvement.
Alex Quo - Colts Coach
Alex is a junior Doctor currently at Concord Hospital. Alex was a dynamic player in last year's fust grade side. Unfortunately, a shoulder injury, surgery and current profession have ruled him out of playing. We are very lucky to have a young clubman in Alex who has unselfishly put his hand up to take on the role of Colts coach. Alex was responsible for leading a young group of Briars to competing in the Subbies 7s held last weekend. Up against a majority of Div 2 clubs the boys performed well.
- Pigs Coach and FRU President
Senior Associate with Pitcher & Partners, Scott is devoting his time this season to helping out our forwards. Scott.is the leader of the Dark Art's Club in Briars. If you are not a front rower then you will not understand!
- Fitness and Defense Coach
Yes, the same Grant Hyde from our successful 2006 Club Championship season. Grant is back coaching fitness and defense with his ruthless never say die attitude. The boys have adjusted well and a few of us are looking forward to the boys driving the opposition backwards. It was so infectious in 06 and we're hoping that history may repeat itself!
John Slender – Rugby Chairman