Still a lot to learn
MOSSMAN product Shawn Bowen was solid on debut for the North Pride in the Intrust Super Cup at the weekend but his skipper Ryan Ghietti has urged the club’s young stars to keep their heads down.
Bowen played on the wing in a close loss to Mackay while fullback Kienan GroganHayes looked at home in just his second Intrust Super Cup game. Their efforts will be a relief to Pride coach Ty Williams, who said goodbye to more than 80 games of experience last week with the mid-season departure of Luke George and Khan Ahwang.
Ghietti said it was “awesome” to see the newcomers rise to the occasion.
“They brought heaps of energy at training, heaps of energy on the field, some good carries,” he said. “They’re keen, they’re hungry, they come in one off the ruck and do what they want to do.
“The best thing for them is coming in and getting their hands on the footy and that’s what they did, which is good.”
Now the challenge is backing it up week-to-week and Ghietti encouraged Bowen and Grogan-Hayes to soak up the advice of the senior players to cement their spots.
“There’s never a stupid question in football, so you’ve got to get on the front foot there,” he said.
“They just need to stay in the moment, stay in the game.
“If they keep their heads in the game, they’ll keep their positions.”
Pride player Shawn Bowen on the charge.Barlow Park.