Still a lot to learn

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.”

Pic­ture: JUSTIN BRIERTY

Pride player Shawn Bowen on the charge.Bar­low Park.

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