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Robins show youthful promise

Saturday, 28th March, 2015

West’s A-grade side is ready for action in today’s Lightning Cup and should prove to be a tough opponent. PICTURE: Patrick Reincke West’s A-grade side is ready for action in today’s Lightning Cup and should prove to be a tough opponent. PICTURE: Patrick Reincke

By Patrick Reincke

The West Broken Hill Robins are looking to their young players to provide some spark this season with the Lightning Cup set to showcase their talents today.

In his first year as coach, Ben Perkins, who will also play in West’s backlines, is positive about the upcoming season.

“The pre-season has been pretty good,” he said.

“We’ve got a young list and they can be unpredictable when they play.”

That unpredictability factor should make West a testing opponent for all sides, with the young talented squad led by captains Brett Martin and Tom Kickett.

Kickett joins coach Perkins in the backlines with Perkins at centre half-back and Kickett patrolling around defensive 50.

Greg Conway will sit at full back with the experienced backman joined by Heath Harris who has a tonne of talent.

West’s midfield looks very strong with the Robins sporting an impressive on-ball contingent.

There will likely be some sheer gold from North recruit Josh Sheargold with the Bulldog on-baller always hungry for the Sherrin.

The explosive Rylie Mcinnes will provide plenty of pace through the corridor and will carry the ball well.

One of the league’s toughest footballers, Daniel Milne, will be exciting to watch and a big card in West’s deck.

Jordan Tonkin has worked hard over the pre-season and could be handy, while captain Brett Martin leads the way for the Robins.

West’s midfielders will be fed by the rucking ability of tall man Matthew Nelson who continues to be hard to beat when the ball’s in the air. 

Providing ball movement over the wings will be the exciting pair of Josh Cieslik and Judd Carpenter who are coming through the 18s into the seniors.

In attack, stalwart Nathan Kickett will sit at full forward with the big man possessing some excellent skills.

Tye Andrews has a lot of ability with the tyro forward likely to find a spot at centre half forward with Ricky Howe and Leighton Raven the potential flankers. 

Assistant coach Brent King and Simon Matten should fit in nicely in the forward pockets and act as quality crumbers when the ball goes to ground.

West will see how things shape up during today’s Lightning Cup before formalising a goal for the season.

The Robins will certainly be competitive and will not go down without a fight.

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