Marlins recruit making a splash following switch
IN ONLY his second season playing rugby, hard-running Southern Cross University forward Mark Glover is already turning heads.
Despite his inexperience on the rugby field, Glover has come a long way in a short time earning a call-up to the Mid North Coast Rugby Colts team.
The 20-year-old made the move to Coffs Harbour for his university studies in 2011 with a love of sport encouraging him to take on a game he had never played before.
"It has been great playing for the Marlins," Glover said.
"Coming from Kempsey I played mainly rugby league growing up so the transition to union has been a bit of a learning curve.
"The older boys at the club have been really good in helping me improve my knowledge of the game and it has helped me play better each time I take to the field."
Glover was proud of his quick ascension to representative rugby and believes it will help him perform better for the Marlins.
"It was incredible to be named for the zone colts' side," he said.
"I must be doing something right.
"My game is all about keeping it simple and so far it seems to have worked."
Set to play in the front row this season as a prop, Glover admitted he still has a lot to learn about the nuances of the game.
"Things like line-outs and other set plays still can be a little bit confusing." he said.
"Our coach, Dave Nicol, has been great for us and has really helped me improve.
"Everyone works hard as a team, which I think will be our biggest strength this season."
A semi-finals berth in 2012 has set the bar high for the Marlins in only their second season.
"Last year it was a great achievement to make the finals but we will be looking to build on it this time around," Glover said.
"We have been really working hard this pre-season with a big focus on fitness.
"If everyone does their part I can't see why we can't be competitive against every team in the competition."
With a round-one grudge match against local rivals Coffs Rugby to open the competition on Saturday, Glover is firing for a big game.
"Playing Coffs Rugby is always a big game and all the boys are really pumped," he said.
"We played well against them in a trial the other week so we know we are in with a chance.
"Hopefully we can cause an upset and show the Marlins are a real chance this season."