Bellingen face Australian Army
WITH former NRL star David Peachey lining up for the Magpies on Saturday, Bellingen coach Josh White is expecting an even bigger crowd than last year when his team face the Australian Army team at Bellingen Park.
“It was a good crowd last year but I think we can do better,” White said.
“Now that ‘Peach’ is playing hopefully it will be not only Bellingen people that get behind it but all people who follow rugby league.”
This is the second year in a row that Bellingen will face the Australian Armed Forces team in an event that pays its respect to fallen local soldier Matthew Locke who lost his life serving in Afghanistan in 2007.
There are three curtain-raisers prior to the main game which kicks off at 5.30pm which White says will be a high intensity affair.
“This is their trial for the Armed Services World Cup so they’re going to be giving it everything,” he said.
“I’ve just said to our blokes to hang on because they’re fit but I think we’ll have them in the skill department.
“I said to Peachey the other day that they’re big and strong and fit but if we can hold on to them we’ll be alright.”
White is confident that he is building a team this year capable of doing better than their third place finish in 2009.
“Everyone’s back except for Warren Cutmore who moved to South Australia and we’re attracting more players now which is a positive for the club,” the coach enthused.
Recruits that the Magpies are planning to unveil on Saturday night are Newcastle prop Ryan O’Connor and Alice Springs halfback Daniel Forrester along with Nambucca Heads utility forward Troy Hill.
After the clash to help raise funds for the Matthew Locke Charity Match, each specially made Bellingen jumper will signed by Peachey and the player who wore the jersey and then auctioned off.