More than Pride on line in Cup strug­gle

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Ja­cob Grams

NORTH­ERN Pride play­ers have one last chance to prove they can re­vive the club’s ail­ing In­trust Su­per Cup cam­paign when they take on Norths Devils on Sun­day.

Each of the 17 who played in the loss to Ip­swich at Bar­low Park is back on the list but coach Ty Wil­liams said it was un­likely the same team would run out on the week­end.

He said he was “look­ing for a re­ac­tion”, par­tic­u­larly a turn to­wards bet­ter ef­forts against Burleigh and Townsville.

“I’m go­ing to give the lads an­other op­por­tu­nity but let it be known, this is it. If they don’t toe the line there will be whole­sale changes,” Wil­liams said.

The Cow­boys could re­lease Javid Bowen and Gideon Ge­laMosby to the squad but he warned that would not be a sil­ver bul­let to suc­cess.

“If we do get those two boys back there will be some dis­ap­pointed play­ers and, as I’ve al­ways said to the play­ing group, no one’s un­touch­able and in say­ing that there’s prob­a­bly a few guys that have got a fair bit of ex­pe­ri­ence that won’t be in the side this week­end if they do come back, but that’s all pend­ing,” Wil­liams said.

One man who is guar­an­teed a place is “fu­ture No. 1” Kienan Gro­gan-Hayes.

The 18-year-old showed his more ex­pe­ri­enced coun­ter­parts just how the Pride should be play­ing in his en­thu­si­as­tic de­but and Wil­liams hoped to see it con­tinue against the Devils.

“What Kienan brought on the week­end was ex­actly how the un­der-20s play,” he said.

“They do ev­ery­thing to­gether, they do what­ever it takes to win and that’s the at­ti­tude we need to start hav­ing.

“Peo­ple ques­tioned ac­tu­ally why I gave him a crack but I think he showed on Satur­day night what he’s about and he’s only go­ing to get big­ger and bet­ter for our squad and prob­a­bly a re­flec­tion on the fu­ture of the North­ern Pride.”

Pic­ture: BREN­DAN RADKE

De­jected North­ern Pride gather be­hind the posts dur­ing their 24-10 loss to Ip­swich Jets at Bar­low Park on Satur­day night

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