Glance at the Wellington Cowboys line-up and names like Justin Toomey-White, AJ Davis and Richard Peckham stand out as keys.
Invariably, the trio’s touch is on just about everything good the Cowboys have done on their way to second place on the Group 11 ladder.
But stand-in skipper Toomey-White says a core group of young faces is behind the club’s resurgence in 2018 – and that influx of youth is what can carry the club through this year’s finals series.
Toomey-White and the Cowboys welcome Macquarie to Kennard Park for the final round of the Group 11 season on Sunday and although they can’t be displaced from second on the ladder, the Wellington mentor is desperate for his young chargers, namely Will Lousick, Brock Naden and James Stanley, to again lead the way and provide the maroon and whites with plenty of momentum leading into the finals.
“We’ve been talking about it this weekend, it’s our last home game and we want to head in to finals with a win,” Toomey-White said.
“We know they’ll come to Wello and play some good footy.
“Will has been training the house down and his try-scoring prowess this season speaks for itself, but guys like Brock and James backing up from under 18s each week have been great.
“Being back this year, I’ve noticed from the board down how well everything is going, and the young guys are part of that. It’s exciting for the club.”
Toomey-White is stepping in as coach on game days while suspended mentor Aiden Ryan completes a two-game ban before the finals.
He’ll be back for next week’s qualifying semi-final, but Toomey-White says nothing has changed without Ryan on deck.
It’s our last home game and we want to head in to finals with a win.Wellington's Justin Toomey-White.
“Being without our coach it is difficult, but our heads are down and we’re worried about the footy,” he added.
‘We haven’t changed anything ,we just make sure turn up on game day and get the job done.”
Toomey-White said the first grade side was focused in lifting in defence against a Macquarie line-up that will finish fifth on the ladder.
Wellington will wear special Indigenous jerseys on Sunday, with the club to auction them off at the Grand Hotel post game.