They call it a ‘muck around grade,’ but CSUFC’s fourth-grade team appear to have a legitimate chance of a title challenge this season following a series of strong trials.
A host of new faces will join the squad in 2017, while Josh ‘Mini’ Loiterton will captain a side looking to redeem themselves after a poor 2016 season in which they dropped to 5th grade halfway through the year, finishing fifth in the lower grade.
Carrying a squad with over thirty players, competition for spots was rife during each of the three trial sessions as drills well and truly heated up as the sessions went on.
The skills-focused sessions saw the squad engage in a host of challenges.
Aspirants for defensive roles in the side matched their attacking counterparts admirably while some scorching strikes also caught the eye. Between the sticks this year is Declan Gilkes, who will retain the gloves following a strong campaign despite the side’s poor results.
Coach Nick Gammage is positive about the side’s chances this season, with the fresh squad renewing hopes for a fourth-grade title.
With the season set to kick-off in a matter of weeks, the team is looking to lock down their line-up in the coming training sessions.
Veterans Tim Eviston and captain Josh Loiterton are expected to secure their starting spots, but with such a wide squad full of talent across the park, the competition for spots is sure to see players improve dramatically.
Last season is a distant memory for the fourth-grade side, and if the team can gel early in the season, expect them to put in some dominant displays throughout the year.