ENDING a bleak period for the club’s colts contingent, Orange Emus under 21s coach Ross Beasley says his side will “absolutely” field a full team week-in, week-out in 2014.
Since winning the under 21s premierships in 2009, Emus have failed to consistently field a side in the Central West Rugby Union colts competition.
This year, though, Beasley believes will be different.
“Colts are looking good. We’re looking forward to having a team,” he enthused.
“There’s a lot of new guys to the colts ranks and some old guys who are staying there and coming up from 17s this year which will give us good strength and depth, which is great for the club.”
Beasley praised the work of last year’s colts mentor Harry Fardell and that of Emus under 17s coach Warwick Backhouse, both instrumental in ensuring the colts program at the Emus club is successful in 2014.
“We’ve got 22 on the books at the moment,” Beasley said.
“They’re pretty keen. There was a lot of work done last year by Harry and Warwick Backhouse in 17s, and it’ll pay dividends this year for us.”