Pickvance misses trial

MACKSVILLE'S attacking genius David Pickvance has been left out of next week's Group 2 North v South trial after missing all the Sea Eagles' matches this year.

The leading four VB Group 2 clubs from 2004 have dominated selections in the inaugural representative trial, to be played at Macksville on April 2.

Sawtell and Orara provide the bulk of the northern side, while the southerners have a distinct Macksville and Port Macquarie feel.

Apart of the absence of Pickvance's name from the teams, the other main talking points are:

n Veterans Craig Wallace (Sawtell) and John Cross (Woolgoolga) not appearing in the North side after making themselves unavailable for representative selection.

n Supposed Coffs Harbour recruit Henry Dunn being named in the South side after playing a trial for Macksville, who have cleared him to the Comets.

Chairman of selectors Ray Hillard said that players not named in the North or South sides could still force their way into the Group 2 team to play Group 3 at Macksville on April 23.

"David Pickvance will definitely come into calculation if he makes himself available," Hillard said.

"There could be some new players that arrive between now and the start of the season who could also come into it.

"The majority of the (Group 2) side will come from this trial, but others can still make it."

Hillard believes the selection committee has chosen wisely.

"I'm very happy with both sides," he said.

"There was no club bias at all, everyone went into the meeting wanting to pick the best possible Group side.

"There was only one Group 2 trial, Bellingen and Orara, that we didn't get to, but we knew what both sides had to offer anyway.

"I think the Under-18 Group side is going to be very strong as well."

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