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Eye’s Up Footy key to Colts success in Warren

By Vittorio Travan

Late disruptions to any plans would usually see teams fall apart, but the Central West Blue Bulls Colts side are using it as a motivation tool.

With late withdrawals from some of their two code players, new additions have been rushed into the side yet Colts captain Patrick Berryman says despite the set backs there is confidence amongst the squad. Berryman put it simply if they believe in their skills they will remain a chance.

“No matter what circumstances the team is in, as long as we keep our positive attitude we can do anything. The changes won’t be an issue, we are just looking forward to a great weekend of rugby,” Berryman said.

Patrick Berryman. Source: Supplied

He added although there was some adjustment, the squad is excited heading into the 2018 Country Championships. “We are starting to slowly get the structure and the boys are building their confidence. If we just remain positive we might just have a good weekend out there [in Warren].”

The squad’s confidence comes from the passion instilled by coach Scott Hatch, who has taken all efforts to get to know his players. Bringing in players for one on one chats to understand their strengths and weakness has created an atmosphere for players to play how they want to.

“Hatchy wants us to think for ourselves and play eyes up footy, so we play smart and what is in front of us,” Berryman said.

This exciting and trusting environment, Berryman added, has the squad ready to excel with ball in hand. With a clear directive to play with ball in hand, then swing it wide and score in the corners, the game plan should see the likes of Harry O’Leary and Alex Saint really excel and show their class.

O’Leary who is returning from a shoulder reconstruction and has missed the past two seasons due to injuries, will switch between first five and fullback. Berrryman said in open spaces the Dubbo Kangaroos ace will really excel especially with early and quick ball.

Meanwhile Alex Saint is set to bring the opposition headaches, with an imposing frame and damaging ball carry set to provide essential go froward for the side. While in defence, the Mudgee Wombats product will be an absolute workhorse in the words of his captain, and will just be an all round presence on the field.

“In attack he [Alex Saint] is just awesome, he has great vision and speed in attack,” Berryman added.

Following a strong  trial against Central Coast earlier in the season, Berryman said the side is ready to mix it up and just go out and play some rugby. Even though the side will be confident heading into Saturday’s clash, Berryman stopped short of predicting a finals berth. He said their attitude has them in a good space to give the Country Championships a real shake up.

“The boys are in great shape, and if we were able to win let alone take home the final we would be over the moon.”

With only four teams contesting the 2018 championships, the sides are automatically playing elimination football. In game 1, Illawarra will take on Newcastle-Hunter at 9:20am. Then the Central West Colt’s side get to test their eyes up footy approach against Central Coast at 10:40am.

The final will kick off on Sunday at Victoria Park at 1pm, with the Third Place play off kicking off at 9am on Sunday.

CENTRAL WEST COLT’S SQUAD: Nick Fisher, Hayden Goodall, Hayden Leopold, Tim Proberts, Jack Connors (Orange City Lions), Lachlan Buckton,  Rylee Lew (CSU Bathurst), George Fletcher, Alex Saint, Connor Pascoe (Mudgee Wombats), Sam Greatbatch (Orange Emus), Jake Sullivan, Charlie Sharwood, James Wilson (Bathurst Bulldogs), Josh Jasprizza, Pat Berryman ©, Harry O’Leary (Dubbo Kangaroos), Angus Hickey (SCU Marlins)

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