Greater Southern selection heats up

ON A MISSION: The Greater Southern Stingrays under 18s team has a low-key try celebration in round one at Mackay Park. Picture: Greater Southern Stingrays.

ON A MISSION: The Greater Southern Stingrays under 18s team has a low-key try celebration in round one at Mackay Park. Picture: Greater Southern Stingrays.

Stars of the Group 16 senior rugby league competitions will vie for positions on the Greater Southern Stingrays at Mackay Park, Batemans Bay.

On Saturday, Group 6 and 16 senior teams will take the field at 5pm in a selection trial for the Greater Southern team to play at the Senior Country Championships.

The senior selection trials coincide with the last round before the semi-finals of the under 16s and 18s Country Championships. Moruya’s Jack Hyndes and Finbar McNaughton play the under 16s game against Western Rams at 12pm and Moruya’s Cohen McGrath, Luc Hill (captain) play in the under 18s game against Western Reds at 1.30pm.  

Debuting in the representative line-up this year is the women’s league-tag contest where Bega players claimed a lion’s share of playing positions for Group 16. 

The group will play two shortened format matches against the big Group 6 and 7 rosters, with games starting at 3.30pm.

Five Chicks will line-up when Olivia Dummett, Alli Ringland, Kezie Apps, Hayley Jessop and Joccoaa Rogers all pull on the boots. 

They will be joined by long-time Bega player, who now features for Narooma in Tegan Mundy.  

The top squad has been reconfigured as an injury cloud still looms over Moruya centre Jake Clarke ahead of the weekend. 

Bega’s Ryan Apps will captain the squad and will be well acquainted with a number of his tri-colours team-mates in the line-up. James Bower-Scott, Scott Fuller, Todd Ingram and Robbie Ringland will all run on for Group 16. 

Bega club president Garry Arkin said co-coaches Neil Williams and ex-Dragon forward Michael Weyman had worked hard to maintain the roster through a rising injury count. 

Arkin said the line-up was an exciting roster as the pick of the litter from Group 16 had been named to challenge Group 6 for selection. 

“There is the exciting Merimbula-Pambula fullback Tommy Taylor, Bombala centre Joe Bobbin, the Moruya flanker in Caine Brierley,” Arkin said. 

Arkin said the Moruya hooker Luke Jay may appear small in stature, but boasts plenty of mobility to help Group 16 win.

The headline clash gets underway at 5pm at Mackay Park and Arkin said it was shaping to be an exceptional day of rep footy.