Paul McLean (56)
Why not start early, one step further in 2014.
Apologies @Dave Beat.
I was excited to see G&GR forums getting a plug on a club web site. The MMM2013 thread popped up first on the Club Rugby Forum.
There is nothing better than First Grade players showing up to junior village club events to reinforce that there is a pathway from Under 6's to First Grade (and beyond).
Well done by the MMM executive. Little wonder that they get good crowds at home games.
It will be a challenge but probably not insurmountable.ILtW i enjoy watching games, and my kids use this sort of paper for drawing.
The way i read it at a glance 1st = 40 & 2nds = 30.
The returning colts have to fit under, same rule applies for all clubs.
Alex Northam, and Rhys Dombkins are up in grade, and Lala is down with the Rebels, however there are 6 U20's on the tahs roster - Rory O'Connor, Siotame Kavapalu, Matt Philip, Ellis Abrahams, Benson Fakai and Fabian Natoli + Reece Hodge who suffered the ankle injury in last years GF.
Last year Natoli, and Northam spent some time up in grade - maybe clubs look at balancing / promoting with grade as they start developing more players.
Kind of answered already here.
It will be a challenge but probably not insurmountable.
One concern I have with the 2014 points system is that it may encourage clubs to promote kids out of Colts to grade too early, particularly, if like MMM, they have developed a great cohort of loyal and skilled kids that are now worth a stack of player points.
Many kids handle an early jump to grade well. For some precocious talent, a premature promotion to grade can result in them exiting the game through injuries (young bodies vs hardened developed bodies that know all the tricks) or significant loss of confidence.
Had a look at the teams for this week - lots of depth throughout the club in most positions and all teams look really strong. I wouldn't mind having something on Manly to take out the Club Championship this year
Off to a great start in grade for Club Championship but someone better tell the colts they are important contributors on that front. Even allowing for absent U/20's yesterdays results at Keirle Park very disappointing