Frillnecks geared up with 2020 vision
Rugby Union: Hoping to capitalise on the success of a stellar 2019 season, the Frillnecks are already looking for ways to make 2020 their best year yet.
Already, numbers at training have exceeded expectations, with president Ben Gardiner saying the 60 plus players who had been turning up to the first few weeks of training were “brilliant”.
“There’s a really great vibe within both our men’s and women's teams already. The vibe we’ve been picking up already is so positive,” Gardiner said.
“We’re really hoping to keep the momentum from last season up. We’ll start by taking a couple of teams up to the Roma Rugby 7s in February and see how we go there.
“It would be great if we could go two for two with our men’s, and would be great to see our women do just that bit better, but with the energy and vibes already, it’s looking good.”
Gardiner said already everyone had seemed to click, taking in with open arms the new, younger players.
“Everyone has really just fallen into place, and slipped into spots that were made vacant by some players who have left,” he said.
The success of the Frillnecks has been celebrated throughout the town, with many players inclined to do their town proud by playing well every Saturday.
“We’re in this unrelenting drought, and to be able to get people off the land and into town to watch a game of footy, and a good game at that, they get to forget about all their hardships for 80 minutes,” he said.
“They can have a beer and a yarn, maybe the women get to have a catch up too. It’s great to be that point that brings people in the town together.
“It’s a break from the monotony of drought for our supporters, and also for our players. It gives them something to look forward to.”
Angus Jamieson will return this season to coach the Frillnecks men’s team, while Simon Lane will resume his role as Fillies coach.
Make sure you head up to Roma on February 1 to support both teams at the Roma Rugby 7s.