Pride’s en­ergy off­sets ex­pe­ri­ence lost

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

MATTHEW MCINERNEY WHAT the North­ern Pride have lost in ex­pe­ri­ence they will gain in ex­cite­ment and en­thu­si­asm, ac­cord­ing to coach Ty Wil­liams.

With a de­par­ture lounge headed by for­mer cap­tain Ryan Ghi­etti and prop Dar­ryn Schonig, the Pride have lost im­mense In­trust Su­per Cup ex­pe­ri­ence from the play­ing ranks. Rather than hit the panic but­ton, coach Wil­liams has con­structed a team which may not top a ca­reer games stat col­umn, but will al­most cer­tainly fill the win col­umn.

It is why, de­spite some in­ter­rup­tions, Wil­liams is con­fi­dent in his side’s chances this sea­son.

The pre­sea­son has pro­gressed mostly as planned, with Satur­day’s three-way trial with Townsville Blackhawks and Mackay Cut­ters washed out due to Townsville’s his­toric floods.

“It’s been a solid off-sea­son, it’s a dif­fer­ent type of pre­sea­son to what we’ve done be­fore,” Wil­liams said.

“We’ve learned a lot in the past 18 months.

“Los­ing a lot of ex­pe­ri­enced guys is dif­fi­cult, but with that youth comes en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm.”

With Satur­day’s trial can­celled, the Pride will sup­port ju­nior rugby league sign-on days across the re­gion.

They’ll get stuck into work at Bar­low Park next week, ahead of their first hitout against Moss­man Sharks and the Cairns Fo­ley Shield side at Moss­man Show­grounds on Fe­bru­ary 16.

POS­I­TIVE VIEW: Pride coach Ty Wil­liams. Pic­ture: ANNA ROGERS

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