With our injury crisis now looking at its worst, at least in the backs, what players are actually there to be selected? The Saracens' season finished on 23 September, so I guess they haven't trained since then? Or did some of them keep on training with the Shield Snorters?
Anyway, if we don't see the return of any of the players who weren't available for the Northland game or got injured during that game, what team can we field?
This may be our 23 against the Poo:
1 Jason Long, 2 Ash Dixon, 3 Pouri Rakete-Stones
4 Josh Eden-Whaitiri, 5 Nick Palmer
6 Hugh Renton 7 Tony Lamborn
8 Fa'alemiga Selesele
9 Brad Weber, 10 Ihaia West
11 Mason Emerson, 12 Dan Snee?/Tiaan Falcon, 13 Cardiff Vaega, 14 Hayden Hann
15 Tiaan Falcon/TJ Vaega
16 Jacob Devery, 17 Tim Farrell, 18 Jarvy Aoake, 19 Ben Parsons, 20 Lucas Goodin
21 Ellery Wilson, 22 .....?, 23 TJ Vaega/Dan Snee
For that remaining bench spot: Cole Eru?, Tom Iosefo?, ...... Danny Toala?
If Bucky is good to go, we may only need one Saracens player for a spot on the bench, probably Dan Snee.
Awesome, several players return from the injury ward for the final game of the season! Maybe, just maybe, we get to keep the Kel Tremain Memorial Trophy!
This is the Shield Snorters line-up:
1 Jason Long
2 Ash Dixon (c)
3 Pouri Rakete-Stones
4 Nick Palmer
5 Josh Eden-Whaitiri
6 Marino Mikaele-Tu'u
7 Tony Lamborn
8 Gareth Evans
9 Brad Weber (vc)
10 Ihaia West
11 Mason Emerson
12 Richard Buckman
13 Jonah Lowe
14 Cardiff Vaega
15 Sam McNicol
16 Jacob Devery
17 Tim Farrell
18 Jarvy Aoake
19 Ben Parsons
20 Hugh Renton
21 Ellery Wilson
22 Tiaan Falcon
23 TJ Vaega
15 Te Rangatira Waitokia, 14 Newton Tudreu, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Hamish Northcott, 11 Ambrose Curtis, 10 Jade Te Rure, 9 Kayne Hammington,
8 Brice Henderson, 7 Antonio Kiri Kiri, 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis (captain), 5 Jackson Hemopo, 4 Tom Parsons, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Tim Cadwallader, 1 Fraser Armstrong.
16 Tom Crozier, 17 Tuki Raimona, 18 Sean Paranihi, 19 Liam Hallam-Eames, 20 Harrison Brewer
21 Jamie Booth, 22 Sam Malcolm, 23 Lewis Marshall
Interesting quote from Evans in the HBT:
"It has been a frustrating season with injuries and other things going on and the fans are disappointed. It has not been through a lack of effort. The young guys in our systems have got more minutes than they would have anticipated," he explained.
Apparently, he hasn't signed a Mitre 10 Cup contract for next year yet. I sure hope he isn't going anywhere else! His Canes' contract is until 2019.
I actually feel optimistic about this game
Optimistic as always (the jersey is currently hanging on the clothes line and the flag has had a couple of practice waves already this morning just to make sure nothing any repairs that might be needed can be dealt to today) but also realistic so not getting my hopes up too high. Checked the reserve list to see who is the back up loose forward that will be required to replace Gareth Evans when the inevitable happens about five minutes after kick off only to see it is another injury magnet so not much comfort from that. Have also checked all the news outlets in case news might have come through of Mr. Philpott's resignation but if it has happened it must still be under embargo so no glimmer of hope there.
Apart from losing to Wellington there is nothing worse than getting tipped over by this mob, especially at home. All sharp knives have been safely locked away just in case!
@nepia Kamo Shield Snorters, Shield Snorters Shield Snorters, it's just the Magpie part I support...
Urrgh, look we deliberately tanked the Vikings because Northland kicked up a stink about it. Kamo needs another black and white animal so as to not confuse themselves with the Shield Snorters. Say the Penguins? Yeah, I like that - I give the club permission to use my brilliant idea for no fee whatsoever. Or maybe the pandas or zebras?
Right guys, my pre-game buildup is over and have just come back from the fridge with the essentials required for fluid upkeep. Check, flag ready, black and white socks pulled up, jersey tucked in, rosette attached, beanie on, scarf in place - yes - right I'm ready to go
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