Newcastle Rugby: Hamilton have eyes on grand club prize

BACK: Point-scoring fly-half Dane Sherratt will return from a broken nose for Hamilton in the lower grades on Saturday. Picture: Stewart Hazell

BACK: Point-scoring fly-half Dane Sherratt will return from a broken nose for Hamilton in the lower grades on Saturday. Picture: Stewart Hazell

HAMILTON are poised to win a fourth straight first grade minor premiership but coach Scott Hamilton has his eyes firmly on another title.

The Hawks are sitting first on 748 points in the club championship, 13 points clear of Merewether with two rounds to play.

“We spoke about it last week and think it is a true testament of the club,” Coleman said. “We won it a couple of years ago and it’s a title we want back. As first grade coach, I put a lot more emphasis on that than anything else.”

Hamilton are at home to Southern Beaches and Wanderers in the final two senior rounds. Their colts play Merewether and Wanderers.

Merewether are away to Lake Macquarie and Southern Beaches. 

“We just have to win all grades,” Coleman said. “There is a bit of incentive for the players. We get $3 beers for two hours if we win all four grades. That is part of the club culture.”

The Hawks welcome back Pete Maxwell and Sam McNeil for the clash against Beaches. In a further boost, Dane Sherratt returns in the lower grades after missing three games with a broken nose.

* It has been a long time between drinks for Merewether prop Josh Gane. Gane played first grade for the first time in more than five years in the Greens 64-17 win over University. With Wendall Wilhelmus hampered by a shoulder injury, his experience could be vital in the finals.

* Wanderers flyer Tim Marsh looks to have found a home at outside centre. After starting the year at fullback and moving back to wing, Marsh has scored five tries in two games with the No.13 on his back.