Ward Prentice (10)
Any other trial results? Any more trials this weekend.
Very surprised at some of the results. So much for my forecasts. Lauries have a habit of lying down in trials only to bounce back in competitions, so wouldn't read too much into their game yesterday.
Pretty sure Floyd Aubrey wasn't in the 2018 First XV. Can someone confirm?
Lauries old boy here. I went to the SLC - Ashgrove game last year and Aubrey was the clear best on ground before he went off injured. Kid has some serious talent.
Poor lad, hope to see the him out on the field again for the season. Does anyone know how bad the injury was
The shortened season with COVID-19 restriction will see fewer year 11s in the firsts, with most 50/50 calls for selections going to year 12s to play 1XV for their last year at school. Some of the years 11s to watch from all of the different schools.
IONA- Saxon Warick who played in the 1XV last year. Saxon is a powerful ball runner and a significant presence on the park. Aidan Sutherland is also looking to make substantial impacts this season, a hard running, hard-working player who can play a full 70 minutes. Saxon of course playing in the Queensland 16s White team last year. predicted positions- 1, 6
SLC- John Bryant has had big wraps, he started last year and has been a bright prospect in an apparent weak SLC side. A very technical player, also playing in the Queensland 16s Maroon team. With the current year 11s winning the premiership last year in grade 10 could set for more strong players coming in next year. predicted position - 8
SPC- There is a couple of year 11s that have high chances of playing 1XV in 2020 players like Jackson Dowes and Jack Booker, who played Queensland 16s White team last year. With Tim Ryan also returning on the wing for SPC, although would expect a position change for the young lad to get more ball in hand. predicted positions- 9, 8, 15
MCA- Marist has a solid year 12 cohort this year, but have great depth provided from the ear 11s as Ashgrove always have. Hayden Lammon is expected to start for the 1XV this year, a powerful ball runner, but does have a reputation of having poor discipline in games. predicated position- 13
VILLA- Villanvona much like Marist has a strong year 12 cohort, although they got blown out by MCA in the trial, we may see more year 11s in the side. Henry Holt seems to be among the starting team. Not much else is known from this Villanova team in the year 11s. predicted position - 15
SEC- Weak as usual but a shining light in this SEC side could be Jed Lacey. Jed played Queensland 15s last year and will be a crucial role in the SEC side. A powerful ball runner with a strong kicking game expecting much play to come through him in the season. predicted position- 10
Padua- A solid year 11 cohort here, with Leighton Whippy the Queensland 16s White player. Leighton started more than half the games last year in grade 10, expecting big things from him this year. One to watch. Max Johnson, is Queensland rep as well in the Queensland Maroon side, a big lad who knows his way around the park, seeing him as an impact player this year—predicted positions 1, 5.
SPLC- Very unknown the strength of the year 11 players. They have been known in this age group to have 50+ point scores to be put on them, not expecting much from this team, there does not seem very many players to watch.
Padua got up 15-10 against lauries today with a sin bin and a couple of injuries. Padua number 8 was unstoppable when running the ball.
First XV sides ranked 1-8 currently
1. Marist College Ashgrove
2. Padua College
3. Iona College
4. St Peter’s Lutheran College
5. St Laurence’s College
6. Villanova College
7. St Patrick’s College
8. St Edmund’s College
Have to admit I am perplexed by the high ranking of SPLC here. Is anyone aware of any trials they have played? Having 2 quality players in the backrow does not make a team. Have they a tight five who can win set piece ball? what about a 10 who can drive the team around? I know they have a very good 15 who impressed in the QLD White U15 JGC last year, but what about the rest of the backline?
Love to hear more about them but unless I do I still think they will end up at the bottom of the southside division.