More than Pride on line in Cup struggle
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.”
Dejected Northern Pride gather behind the posts during their 24-10 loss to Ipswich Jets at Barlow Park on Saturday night