My 2c worth from seeing Waverly on the weekend...
-Game plan seemed based around off loads. I suspect they went overboard with it a bit as there was a fair few errors (and everyone was in on the act), but was good to watch and hard to contain when it worked.
-#14 and #15 very dynamic and made Aloys pay for some poor kicking. Give them time and space and they will cause trouble.
-#4 and #5 aren't the biggest guys in the world, but very mobile and hard working. Best summed up by a try in the 2nd half where they were both backing up into positions on the fields that they had no right to be in and they both gave nice one handed off loads for the try to eventuate.
-#9 added a good spark to the team. He seemed pretty upset by a hand injury he received, not sure if it was serious (he came back on towards the end of the match).
Will be an interesting match up vs one of the bigger, more controlled tempo teams to see how their high tempo offloading game goes against them.
Hi ap1, I do know the history of this age cohort, and I have no family member/s in this age group.
Throughout the years, particularly over the last 2 years, this age group has beaten all comers including Joeys, View etc and then all CAS schools, bar 1 game v Knox at Knox which was extremely dubious.... to say the least.
Probably not quite as good as last years team but still very good, just not the same size in the forwards, but no surprise there.
This team has some solid workers and also some very good ball runners, who can score from anywhere.
A number play league as well, probably explains the flashy/risky flick passing etc, which does my head in, but occasionally it works.
About half of this team is in year 11 ( 5 forwards), and the 2nds is full of year 11 boys, so next year will be interesting.
It does sound like they will run into an extremely good Barker side and a very strong Knox side this year.
If they can manage to beat Knox at Knox, which will be a battle, they then will play Barker at Waverley ( Death Valley) in the 2nd last game.
Barker then has to also back up against Knox at Knox, the local derby, in the last game.
Now, there may an upset from other CAS schools in the process, and I don't mean to belittle the other CAS schools, but the chances are this scenario will play out.
P.S. We did have a very big, 110k, and very aggressive mobile prop out, he was a back until this year, which will definitely make a difference.