Gents news out of Ashgrove is that they have also lost their two starting probs Harry Gould and Charlie Gribble for the season, and also star fullback Pat Tierney. Gonna be a long uphill battle for Marist this year, and with a weakish year 11 cohort, the struggle could possibly roll into next year as well.
Would say Charlie Gribble would be out for 3-4 games given a concussion, unsure on Harry Gould as it didn't look to serious however would be a serious loss to ASH if this news is true. Be interesting to see how they fair this weekend against the Villa, the trial game was close, poor performances on both behalf's, and judging by the wildcat's current form I wouldn't say this weekend would be any sort of pushover for ASH. 0-3 would be, well, an embarrassment to the program and history.
In saying this, I wouldn't say ASH lacks any talent as some have previously inferred, in fact there's plenty of it. Being a school renowned for it's depth, on paper ASH would be one of if not the strongest in the comp. The 2nd XV is slick, there front row, flankers and centers all 1st XV caliber players in my opinion so they really wouldn't have been cut for choice (in fact I thought we were done for when I saw the score line in 2nd's). Couple the well-resourced program with 2 accredited coaches and you'd usually get, well, a premiership? Call me biased (blue and white through and through), but what I saw on Saturday was just a culmination of poor decision making, simple errors and a lack of teamwork. As someone mentioned before, it was almost as if everyone was playing for a clip in the highlights reel. For the Ashgrovians sake, I hope they make quick work of tightening these error points up, something that is usually done before the season begins.
But back to my roots, I hope eddies get up this year. After years of being pushovers, this year might be a well-needed change and with a strong age group in 2023, it might be the boys from Ippy's turn for a stint in the limelight. Saturday was a true testament to how much they wanted it, unwavering grit and persistence for all 70 mins. SLC v SEC will be one to watch and may the best team win. Cheerio.