Wattles on right track for premiership crown
WATTLES three-quarter and club captain Tim Hentschel has no doubt the club has its best chance to win a premiership for a decade.
He first played for Wattles in 2003, a season when the team lost the preliminary final to the Broncos Colts.
Hentschel has played A grade each year since, except for two years when he was travelling overseas.
Fantastic is the word he used to describe the Wattles' start to the season in A grade with five wins from five games.
Currently in the centres, Hentschel is just as adept on the wing and his guess is he has played half his footy at centre and half on the wing.
"I enjoy finishing off all the good work of the players inside me in the side," he said.
Last season, Hentschel scored 19 tries, the most in A-grade for Wattles.
If Wattles make it to this year's grand final, it will be his second in Wattles' colours in the TRL. He played in an under-18 grand final team which lost.
"This A-grade team is as good as our 2003 team but there is more youth in this team," he said.
"We haven't played our best for 80 minutes yet. Our depth is pretty good, particularly as we haven't been near full strength in any game this season. Some guys were away at the start of the season."
Hentschel said coach Luke Duggan demanded close to perfection out of players which was what the club needed.
Wattles last won an A-grade premiership in 1997 and Hentschel rates Highfields, Gatton and Souths as three of their greatest threats.
"It is a close competition and hard to single any team out," he said.
After winning A grade 38-16, Wattles went down 36-6 to Valleys in reserve grade and lost 28-22 in under-18s.