No place like home
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
RETURNING to his old alma mater yesterday to address Toormina High School's under 14 league team, St George/Illawarra fullback Clint Greenshields is blown away by the thought that an inter-school competition's trophy could bear his name.
Before the Toormina team participated in the yesterday's final of the Clint Greenshields Plate, the former Sawtell junior spoke to the team and ran them through a couple of drills to help them prepare for the competition climax that was started this year by the local ARL Development team.
"It's really exciting and it's an honour to have a local challenge named after you," the 24-year-old said.
The group of excited youngsters couldn't believe their luck to be taken through their paces by an NRL star but the always modest Greenshields played down any contribution he may have made.
"I just told them to believe in themselves and to enjoy themselves," he said.
Whatever it was the star fullback said, it worked.
Toormina easily defeated Orara High 36-0 to win the Greenshields Plate while the Cup that bears the Dragon's name for the under 16 comp was won by Orara High over their Jetty opponents 40-16.
There was also the final of the ARL Development Shield played yesterday at Advocate Park for girls playing under 16 tag.
This final was won by Woolgoolga 12-4 over another team from Coffs Harbour High.
Greenshields was enjoying a day off from Dragons training yesterday as the team prepares for it's 2006 finals assault starting with a Qualifying Final this Saturday night against Brisbane.
The fullback has been in outstanding form of late, scoring three tries in his last three matches and he's feeling quietly confident that an away victory is on the cards this weekend.
"Obviously the last three weeks we've had good wins and it's also been good for myself to get my confidence up," he explained.
"I haven't had any errors in the last three games so it's a good confidence boost before going up to Brisbane."
Due to his St George/Illawarra commitments, it's unlikely that the player headed to France next year to play in the English Super League will be able to watch his former club play in the Group 2 grand final on Sunday but he admits that he always keeps an ear out for any Sawtell news and he hopes like anything that the Panthers can grab the title.
"They've got a good captain-coach obviously who's playing well and leading from the front," Greenshields added.
"They've also got some good players who I used to play with that are still running around and they've got a fair bit of depth."