Feathered friends: Wattles reserve grade coach Ross Hentschel and senior player Jesse Keyes dressed for the Wattles Masquerade and Ambassador presentation dinner last weekend.
Feathered friends: Wattles reserve grade coach Ross Hentschel and senior player Jesse Keyes dressed for the Wattles Masquerade and Ambassador presentation dinner last weekend. Glyn Rees

Contest in memory of Danny Ryan

WATTLES take on the Brothers Leprechauns in all grades in round two of Toowoomba Rugby League fixtures at Platz Oval tomorrow. The senior grade matches will be the first for Wattles for the 2010 season after drawing the bye last weekend. The feature match of the day will be the A-grade clash for the Danny Ryan Memorial Trophy.

Danny Ryan was an outstanding player who wore the colours of both Wattles and Brothers, his memory lives on when the two clubs clash in the first round of each fixture season.

Supporters at Platz Oval will be treated to a novel event on Sunday afternoon when the Country Jockeys take on the City Jockeys at 1.30pm prior to A grade.

The program for the day is certainly a feast of footy commencing with a C-grade match between Brothers and the Warwick Cowboys at 9.15am followed by the Wattles verses Brothers U18 game at 10.45am, reserve grade clash at 12.15pm, with A grade kicking off at 2.30pm.

The Wattles club welcomes back U18 forward Liam Ross, unavailable for club football due to commitments with the Toowoomba Clydesdales U18 side contesting the 2010 Mal Meninga Cup, a state-wide nine round competition which started in February.

Ross will inject some class in U18 and A-grade games.

Wattles A-grade coach Cameron Hamblin will be nibbling his finger nails a little on Saturday, with key backs Matt McCarthy and Brenden Wilson on representative duty for Toowoomba on Saturday at Inglewood against the South West Country side.

He will need both players in peak condition for the hit out against Brothers. The top Wattles side has not played since their 38-6 Barrett Shield loss to Warwick three weeks back, and will need to hit the ground running after Brothers accounted for fellow 2009 TRL semi-finalists Pittsworth 50–6 last Sunday at Glenholme Park.

The Wattles backline will be tested defensively. It boasts attacking brilliance with the likes of Tim Hentschel and 2009 TRL top try scorer Wilson able to split any defence.

With experienced hooker/back-rower Justin Free unavailable, the dependable Luke Miller steps in to the hooking role. Miller played top grade in Wattles’ season opening trial against Fassifern, and will be keen to see history repeat itself, having scored five tries in Wattles opening reserve grade match last season against Oakey.

He is a danger close to the line from dummy half, and also a tireless defender and he will have to be along with the other members of Wattles forward pack to harness the cocky Leprechauns who are coached by former Wattles mentor Lee Wharton.

The game day sponsor for this weekend’s massive program is long time Wattles sponsors and supporters, O’Shanley’s Irish Bar and Restaurant, Clifton.

Wattles Queensland Farmer’s Warehouse A-grade side: 1. Brenden Wilson, 2. Marshall Scott, 3. Luke Baker, 4. Matt McCarthy, 5. Scott Murdoch, 6. Tim Hentschel, 7. Xavier Manley, 8. John Blaine, 9. Luke Miller, 10. Jason Nightingale, 11. Brady Glass, 12. Jess Keyes, 13. Aaron Scheid ©, 14. Michael Hodge, 15.Ben Maloney, 16. TBA, 17. Liam Ross. Coach: Cameron Hamblin.

 



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