Emus must lift to stay alive in third grade season: Staniforth

ORANGE Emus fullback Graydon Staniforth believes better discipline and continuity will help the greens progress to the next level of the Blowes Clothing Cup third grade competition.

Found out by a youthful Dubbo Kangaroos in last weekend’s 22-7 qualifying semi-final loss, Staniforth says if his side is to reach any great heights in this year’s finals series it has to be through a vastly improved effort - starting with the Bathurst Bulldogs on Sunday.

“We gave away a lot of penalties last weekend but I think we’ll benefit from having had two games in a row,” Staniforth said.

“With third grade being the way it is we’ve had a long lay off this season, but we’ll be better after last week and the couple of games we’ve had in a row will help with combinations.”

The vastly experienced custodian added if Emus’ backs can emulate the good work of the team’s forwards, a spot on the third grade preliminary final was on the cards for the greens.

“Last week the Dubbo backs burnt us out wide,” he said.

“We’ve got a better side on paper this week so hopefully the backs can capitalise on the good work the forwards are doing.”

The third grad minor semi-final kicks off at 12.10pm at Emus’ Endeavour Oval on Sunday.

ORANGE EMUS THIRD GRADE: 1 Mark Kingham, 2 Al Hattersley, 3 Mitch Rodwell, 4 Pete Roberts, 5 Brandon Akerstrom, 6 Stu Brisbane, 7 Brad Quilty, 8 Glen Paterson-Cane, 9 Matt Kennedy, 10 Luke Trott, 11 Josh Towns, 12 Jaime Kelso, 13 Owen Thomas, 14 Jake Ruddy, 15 Graydon Staniforth.

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