Turtles line up for seven in a row
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.