Dubbo CYMS coach Tim Ryan has hinted he may make a comeback in Saturday night’s interclub trial match at Caltex Park.
The Fishies will use the final weekend before the Group 11 season to pit mate against mate under match conditions, with CYMS White to play CYMS Green in a full contact, properly-refereed contest.
Ryan came up with the idea less than a month ago, saying his side’s awkward early schedule convinced him it was a good idea.
“We’ve had two trials but then Easter, this weekend off, we play round one and have a bye in round two,” he said.
“So I wanted to get another game of footy into the boys so it wasn’t so stop-start for them.
“We asked a couple of other clubs if they wanted to play an unofficial trial but they were’t keen, so I thought why not make up two evenly-matched sides and let them have a rip.”
Evenly-matched are the key words there, with Ryan adamant players from the various grades will be mixed and matched in an attempt to provide a tight, tough contest.
I’ve told the boys it’s not a giggle and grab game. There are spots up for grabs and they will get out of it what they put in.
And with Bernard Wilson and Joel Rapley coaching the sides, the opportunity has arisen for Ryan to take the field and get a feel for things.
“I’ve told the boys it’s not a giggle and grab game. There are spots up for grabs and they will get out of it what they put in,” he said.
“You find that when blokes try to take it easy, that is when injuries do happen so I want them to put in like it is a full-on competition match.”
Second-rower Jordan Reynolds will miss the match through injury, while hooker Hamish Astill will also be absent.
Ryan said it is a shame for both youngsters as he had plans for both of them.
“I was going to put Hamish at hooker against ‘Jenko’ (Luke Jenkins) and I had Jordy in the back-row of one of the teams as well,” he said.
“The glory of this kind of game I think is that is as much a learning opportunity as anything.
“You can pick up a lot by watching blokes train and play, but I reckon you can also pick up a lot from playing against them, and these guys never really get the chance.”
Saturday’s ‘Fishpond Derby’ starts at 7pm.