MICK Gill is confident he will be better for his first taste of coaching when he teams up with Trent Considine and Jode Roach at the helm of Merewether-Carlton for the 2017 Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union season.
The trio takes the reins from Stacy Sykes, who did not reply for the position due to family commitments.
“Stacy’s kids are moving to Sydney to attend university and he plans to spend a bit of time down there with them,” Gill said. “Having worked as his assistant for a season, I got to experience what happens with regards to player management and organisation. Having been at the coal face, I know I am up to it.”
Roach and Considine step up after leading the Greens second grade to an undefeated campaign.
“Blocker’s record is outstanding in second grade,” Gill said. “He is Green through and through and has a knack at getting the best out of players and getting them to play for each other.”
Third for most of the season, the Greens lost five of the last sevens games and were bundled out by The Waratahs in the elimination semi-final.
“We definitely under achieved,” Gill said. “The side we had, we should have been playing for a spot in the a grand final. Consistency starts at training. If you consistently turning up to training and getting quality out of the sessions, it carries over to the games. I don’t think we had that and it showed in our performance.”
Apart from Blake Creighton, who will undergo a knee reconstruction in a fortnight, Gill expects everyone back.
In other news, the NHRU is still looking into a possible player point system breach by Hamilton in the grand final.
Meanwhile, former Wallaby Stephen Hoiles will play in the NSW Police Country Rugby Cup at Salamander on Friday.
Hoiles, who along with injured Wallabies Tatafu Polota-Nau and Rob Horne are guests at a charity dinner on Friday at Nelson Bay Diggers, will suit up for the Lake Macquarie Bull Sharks.
Ten teams will compete for the cup which doubles as a fundraiser for the family of policeman Geoffrey Richardson, who was killed at work in March.
* Newcastle rugby union is mourning the loss of former Wallaby Terry Curley. Curley died in Sydney on Monday. He was aged 78.
Born in Newcastle, the Wanderers fullback made his Wallabies debut at age 18 in 1957 and went on to earn 11 Test caps.