Bob Davidson (42)
Welcome one and all to the NSW CAS Rugby 2020 forum. I hope that this season is as exciting and unpredictable as 2019.
Well done Rod for getting us up and running for 2020. My earliest thought for next year is that there will be a real gulf between the top 3 teams and the bottom 3. Cranbrook may surprise occasionally, but Knox, Waverley and Barker imho will be way ahead after having seen whats coming through. Anyway, well done to all for the updates this year and bring on 2020.
Tipping Waverley to go back to back in 2020 and 2021
subject to no Sanix tours
1. Davvy Moale/Reeve Smith
2. Darcy Sullivan
3. Ben Dunning
4. Fritz jahnke-Tavana
5. Miles Amatesero / Matthew Chapman
6. Asolelei Fretton/ Clem Halaholo
7. Ethan King/Will Baker
8. Charlie Barber/Ethan King
9. Klayton Thorn
10. Emmanuel Di Bartolo
11. Jordan Swann
12. Ronald Volkman
13.Aaron Dimoovitch / C. Smirnotis
14. Zach Smith/D.Towns
15. Mitch Eyles
No-one has WLF junior in the Waverley 1sts? Controversial.
Anyway, Waverley are the clear summer holiday favourites - lots of players coming back and some strong 16s coming through. Plus, ahem, a Year 11 League player or two, perhaps, if recent years are any guide.
But Barker look quite good again, Knox a little off the pace, and Cranbrook less strong than this year.
I'm quietly hopeful that Trinity can threaten the top three. Hawkes, Buchanan, Eid, Meagher and Hannaford should all be back, which is a decent start. As always, it's about keeping the best XV on the field, but if they manage that, there's an upset in that lot somewhere.
WLF are you aware that Cranbrook has been offering positions at their school for your strong 16a’s cohort of players? May not be as much talent at Waverly next year as you think with quite s few being offered positions across at Cranbrook.
If they pick up the 3/4 they are targeting, they will be a force next year.
Just to clarify, my understanding is the Waverley boys parents approached Cranbrook - Unhappy with the Academic side of things?? (There may be other reasons?)
In the process of trying to get in to Cranbrook, they have asked (why wouldn't they) for any type of bursary etc.
Cranbrook only has 2 all round scholarships available for a Year 9 or 10 boy (I think). The Martin Pitt & The Matt Street scholarships. There maybe 1 other indigenous scholarship, but not sure.
Cranbrook would only accept someone if either of those scholarships are up for renewal. Happens every 2-3 years.
As for "offering positions to quite a few" - Rubbish! Don't think your source is correct.
Interesting you didn’t comment on the new Barker boys that appear each year in your comment? Especially as a lot of them also have a league background?
For example this year in the firsts: Bowen, Jones, Cameron, slack-smith, Brown, Pollard, Wilson, Yazdani, Galloway, plus more we prob don’t even realise?
Standard banter WTF - same ole same ole every year - for 3 years now somebody has said (Kyle) Galloway has been an import when in fact he started in year 3 and same with his brother. It seems to be a standard cut and paste. Occasionally a kid or two will come late from another school and then to some it seems the whole team is an import.