The Padua 6 you are referring to is Michael Wood. At times he needs to channel his fire and aggression a little better. In saying that, this is what makes him the player he is. He made QLD 1 as a 16 year old last year so has already held his own against his 'likely GPS counterparts'.
Player size is not the be all & end all, I have had the pleasure of coaching many young men of all shapes and sizes, many of which are currently in the current 1st IV groups everyone is currently commenting on. I have seen young men half the size of an apponent absolute fold them in half on impact, if there skill set is on the money, size is irrelevant, I am not saying it does not count of course, it is still an important part of the mix. Pack weight v pack strength & good technique, the latter reigns supreme every single time.
I was watching the St Laurence's College verse St Peters on the weekend as it is 200 metres from my house. I have been a professional coach for some time now, and I have played professional rugby league during my younger days. During I believe the seconds match there was a boy on the Laurie’s team, I believed he played fullback. May I just I have never seen a boy play footy like this guy, he scored 2 tries off nothing plays, stepped the whole team, defended the whole team was always looking out for his mates. Now 2 years ago I personally coach Churchies all-star Kalyn ponga, and I’m telling you guys today this kid I saw on the field runs loops around Kalyn Ponga. The interesting part about it is he did not bench first nor did he even get a run in the first. Which is very interesting as he was the best player on both teams from both the first and the second’s teams. I later asked a boy what his name was and the boy replied Paul Mangelakis, and I just asked what he did turns out the boys in an elite league squad for the east tigers, and the Brisbane broncos and Melbourne storm, each year he gets offered contracts by league schools such as Keebra, and Palm Beach Currumbin. Now I believe this guy should be playing first at a higher level such as GPS or I believe he should be starting fullback for the AIC team. Now if you guys get the opportunity to watch the St Laurence’s seconds play go and watch this kid because he is the real deal!
As an avid onlooker of the Lauries Boys from what I hear about the weekend I would have to strongly disagree. St Laurence's open teams were nothing short of dreadful; the 2nd's team was appalling and from where I was standing a one man team being carried by one of the flankers, the rest of the team ran around like headless chooks with no heart of commitment to the Jersey which is sad to see in the AIC comp. As for the First XV they completely out sized their smaller Peters opponents and didnt have the drive or courage to win in extra time. All in all a poor year for Lauries and In my opinion it doesn't look like there is any talent coming through any timesoon.
i strongly disagree with you mate even as a avid Eddies supporter, however I do understand that everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I believe the cricket scores that the 16A, 2nd's and 14C sides put on their opposition over the weekend proved that their is talent coming through. Furthermore, since you are making your statement based off "what you heard" I believe that you do not have accurate sources of information so I can't hold your lesser intellectual opinion against you. For future reference please provide an annotated bibliography for your statements, this is a non-bias thread.
I'll have a crack at the premiership winners for the end of the AIC season.
1st XV - Padua - After a marginal win over Ashgrove can't side against the formidable Paduan foward pack and overall team chemistry.
2nd XV - Villanova - Captained by the Unknown Red head this team is crash hot and so far has been formidable in the 2nds competition.
3rd XV - Iona - Captained by the Spongebob looking kid this team has an outstanding number 12 who is unrivalled by any other in the 3rds Comp.