Sunnybank have just announced Brendan Underwood as their Colts 1 Head Coach. Undies is a great bloke and a passionate club man who was a great 9 for Sunnybank in the early 2000s. I'm not sure how he goes recruiting, but I do wish him well.
Easts Colts coach is also the rugby manager at Easts so I imagine he will continue, although I'm sure he's got his eye on Ben Mowen's job at some point.
Quite interested to see what happens with UQ and Wests coaching staff.
I've heard around the traps a few coaches looking to jump on some bandwagons of colts programs who seem to be on the up, a number of clubs have recently put EOI's out for coaches. The coaching merry-go round at Colts and 1st Grade level is always an interesting watch.
If Colts programs are on the up why would they want to be changing Coaches?
About the only Colts program on the “up” would be Norths and I can’t see the lads getting a kick in the pants and imagine they will be back.
UQ under performed (significantly in 1’s at least with 2’s sharing a premiership and 3’s getting knocked in the Prelim Final) and this in itself tells a story.
I know I might be risking my Savant status (although this might be a good thing ) but the prelude to that story might be that UQ win the 1’s next year with some of the best players in their position in the Comp. Look out for this year's 3’s loose head Carl Hansen combining with returning 1's tight head Harry Swane and combo front rower, Will Hay. You still have Prems Prop back up , Lachie Pheely as eligible and Jake Tierney as eligible. Then you have 1's / 2's locks Will Robinson and Hugo Perceval and 2's lock / loose Michael Van Der Schyff (who should have been 1's this year) with 2's Jonathan Burnett also in the loose. You still have George Gibson and Sam Kelly Knowles as eligible in the loose. Then in the backs you have the 2's Ben McMahon (who also hands down should have been first winger picked in 1's this year) and Pat Elekana is still eligible although with Ripley at the Rebels you might see Elekana (if he's back) competing for a spot upstream. Then there are 3 or so others who got spot op's in 1's that ended up being the backbone of the 2's back line this year who will back next year as 20 year olds with a predominate 20 year old pack with a couple of 19 year olds. Hansen and McMahon both have Prem capacity the season after next - and the others possibly in time noting that there is a stack of back row depth but more limited lock depth upstream at UQ. Might have something to do with the fact that most locks think they are a 6/8. About the only pack that will seriously challenge UQ next year (and I don't think they will have the class or depth) - is Brothers. I can't see anyone else getting close.
It might be fair to say Wests under performed all the way through as did Souths.
But Jeeps , Easts , Brothers and Bond are already “up”
Brendan Underwood is a good move for the Bank. God knows it needs the energy in the re-boot.
So yeah it would be logical to flick the switch at UQ and at least consider it at Wests and Souths.