Josh Bryant playing for Sawtell Panthers in Group 2 rugby league in 2010.
Josh Bryant playing for Sawtell Panthers in Group 2 rugby league in 2010. LEIGH JENSEN

Josh, Ryan in Group 2 rep squad

SAWTELL centre Josh Bryant and Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo prop Ryan O’Connor have been elevated to the senior Group 2 representative squad.

Bryant’s two matches in Panthers’ colours have made a big impression on coach Peter Denham and he’ll replace Nambucca fullback Jack Lhuede whose work takes him outside the area and interrupts mid-week training.

O’Connor comes in for Orara Valley forward Paul Tomlinson, also restricted by growing employment responsibilities.

“I spoke to Josh and he’s over the moon about the chance to play with the boys,” Denham said.

“He already had Group and Division-level experience before coming to town so we’ll lose nothing on that account.

“As far is Ryan O’Connor is concerned, he doesn’t stop working all game and has fantastic ball skills, so I’m really happy.”

Denham is thrilled all members of the squad are in top form.

James Livock, Troy Grace, Luke Cartwright, Nathan Sherlock, Kieran Vale, Jeremy Lang, Clark Webb, Adam McMurray and Rob Toshack were all mentioned in despatches on the weekend in ‘3-2-1’ deliberations.

“The blokes who may be called on to switch positions in case of mishaps or injuries are especially going great,” he added.

Meanwhile, the newly formed Men Of League committee will have their first formal meeting tonight at Sawtell RSL Club.

Chairman Peter Barrett said their initial task will be to plan what sort of activities will appeal to members in the months ahead.

“A race day is something we’ll have to look at, along with the possibility of a sporting dinner,” he revealed.

“While tonight is mainly for the committee the members are welcome to come along and take part but the biggest thing is for prospective members who haven’t joined up yet to go to the website and look for details.”

Go to or call Barrett on 0414 227 068.

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