Sitting in Romano’s in Wagga Wonderful on a Saturday night sipping lemonade and watching the Brumbies is not a bad way to finish a day after the Whites trial matches against the Southern Inland representative squad.
Many new faces, some of the old guard and some returning players will add to what looks like a competitive season in all the grades. At this stage of the year the focus is on the new colts. There are a few names you can put in your book to keep an eye on- fullbacks Steven Hardy and Josh Wells, five eighth Fraser Smith and centre Jake Powley. In the forwards you will hear more about Harri Dahl, Josh Wise and Ryan Bol.
The youngsters were a bit concerned having just come out of school and having to face a men’s team. But wisely a few old heads, Dan Hawke and Billy Chalker, were on the field at different times to guide.
Given not all players were available for the trip the Whites still had plenty to show off with forward Ben Leaper and outside back Nela Moa looking to push for first grade selection.
Some returning faces also look likely with No 8 Tom Holland, centre Joe Darmody, utility backs Jack Chalker and Brendon Spears, and five eighth or fullback Danny Matthews.
Player of the day was hooker Carl Elliott who withstood the searing heat to lead the pack. For the big men it was a draining day as Jordan Cremerius, Chris Barbaro, Poomba, Barty and Tyron Dargue added the weight and ended up much lighter for it.
After a sleep in on Sunday and a slow trip home the players are looking forward to a day out at the Cowra Tens on Saturday.