3rd and 4th Grade ready to kick off 2018
On the eve of the season kick off, 3rd and 4th grade squads have been walking quietly holding a big stick as they prepare to tackle ADFA at Dowsett Oval tomorrow.
3rd Grade Head Coach, John Ryan has been orchestrating an assault on the competition for many months, and despite some reasonable trial form, Coach Ryan is feeling quietly confident.
“We’ve had a couple of decent hit outs so far. Tough day against Vikings a couple weeks ago, but not even Winx wins her barrier trials so we won’t be reading too much in to it,” Coach Ryan said.
Coach Ryan's coaching pedigree has plenty of silverware in the cupboard, including being the mastermind of the dominant forward pack in the 2nd Grade Premiership in 2005. Coach Ryan’s brother-in-law is Brumbies forwards coach Laurie Lord Fisher, and those close to the inner sanctum of Coach Ryan’s psyche know Lord bounces ideas with the Wests stalwart around the Christmas dinner table.
Julian Baratta, 4th Grade Coach has also brought in some big gun support including Wests Life Member and former President Shane Campisi to steady the ship as 4th Grade Manager. The fourth grade team has a few familiar faces lacing up the boots this year and the team is taking shape. There are rumours former premiership winning Brumby Jone Tawake will be taking the field in 2018 also.
“The boys have been great and really enjoying the footy. We just want the season to kick off so are all pretty excited,” Baratta said.
Coach Ryan and son Jack talking tactics.
Coach Ryan wouldn’t field any questions regarding growing speculation his son Jack, would be named skipper ahead of the opening clash. “I can’t speculate on that issue and I don’t know where those rumours are coming from. I can confirm Jack will be allowed to take conversions in front,” Coach Ryan said in a pre-written statement.
1sts, 2nds & Colts have the bye this weekend, before everyone takes on Easts at Jamison on the 14th April, also Wests Old Boys Day.
Wests versus ADFA
7th April 2018
Dowsett Oval, ADFA
4ths kick off at 13:30
3rds kick off at 15:00