New surroundings: Northern Storm recruits Ryan Cole (left) and Sam Sawtell enjoy the hospitality of Alice Williams and Anthony Brady at the Plantation Hotel.
New surroundings: Northern Storm recruits Ryan Cole (left) and Sam Sawtell enjoy the hospitality of Alice Williams and Anthony Brady at the Plantation Hotel. Bruce Thomas

New groove at the Storm

THE winds of change are sweeping through the Northern Storm in 2010.

New players, a new attitude and a new major sponsorship from the Plantation Hotel have the club buzzing ahead of this weekend’s 1st division season openers.

There’s even a new name for their home ground at Korora.

“It’s called the ‘Cove’,” Storm president Rob Manning said yesterday.

The influx of new blood that the Storm men’s team has acquired has the club confident that the Thunder are going to improve on their 2009 finishing spot of eight position on the table.

Ryan Cole has returned to the club after spending time with the NSW Institute of Sport squad as well as playing in the Newcastle league last year.

Cole may be only 15 years of age but his speed and obvious talent will cause headaches for opposition defences all season long.

Recruiting former Scorpion Sam Sawtell is also a bonus for the men.

The 19-year-old boasts experience beyond his years and will also add to the youthful exuberance that the team hope will take them places in 2010.

“The best part of this team is that the rest of them are virtually all local products who have come up through the juniors,” Manning added.

“There’s players like Nathan Skinner, Jamie Kennedy, Mykel Watson, Tristan Albert and Matt Latham who have all grown up playing for the Storm.”



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