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.