Tur­tles line up for seven in a row

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

TUR­TLES coach Luke McCloskey is brac­ing for one of the tough­est Spring Cup sea­sons in re­cent mem­ory.

That may come as a sur­prise given the de­fend­ing premiers will be aim­ing for its sev­enth con­sec­u­tive cham­pi­onship.

But McCloskey un­der­stands that when you’re at the top, all the other teams will be look­ing to knock off the champs.

“Seven pre­mier­ships in a row would be great to achieve,” he said.

“But we are more con­cerned on get­ting num­bers on the field and putting a de­cent per­for­mance in on Fri­day.”

The side has had min­i­mal train­ing as a group.

“We ob­vi­ously have a lot of league play­ers in our team and a few of our play­ers played in the rep­re­sen­ta­tive game a few weeks ago,” he said.

Key to the suc­cess of the Tur­tles’ sea­sons in re­cent years has been their abil­ity to main­tain a core group of play­ers.

McCloskey says this has led to build­ing up a strong ca­ma­raderie within the team as well as putting to­gether match-win­ning com­bi­na­tions.

Miss­ing this sea­son is cen­tre Reece Maughan and flanker Aaron Flan­na­gan while Daniel McLen­nan broke his leg in a rugby league semi-fi­nal so won’t be with the team this year.

“That’s three key play­ers miss­ing from our side,” McCloskey said.

“But Tur­tles be­ing Tur­tles we will find a way.”

Cap­tain and Tur­tles stal­wart Bren­don McK­e­own will re­turn and McCloskey says the 31-year-old player will again be key to a suc­cess­ful tilt for a sev­enth premier­ship.

The team’s first as­sign­ment to­mor­row night is against Isis Crush­ers in a grand fi­nal re­play.

Their last en­counter was a 34-point thrash­ing in favour the Tur­tles but McCloskey is ex­pect­ing a closer en­counter form the Childers boys.

“I know the Childers team has been train­ing for some time and the coach is ready to un­leash his troops,” he said.

RUGBY AC­TION: Tur­tle Bren­don McK­e­own will be key to the suc­cess of the Tur­tles this sea­son.

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