West End off to promising start

TODD Brown is enthused by what he saw at his club’s first pre-season trial on Saturday.

Brown’s West End beat Gatton 24-20 at Gatton with a number of new signings showing their worth.

“It was a good hit-out,” Brown said. “There were no injuries, just a couple of niggles. It was not bad at all.”

Leading the way was former Norths prop Joe Rakei.

“He had a little calf strain but he’ll be good for us,” coach Brown said.

Another to shine was new five-eighth Kyle Binge, who has played for Goondiwindi in the Toowoomba competition and had a run with Rosewood a few seasons ago.

Former Norths player Ryan Jones acquitted himself well at hooker while established Bulldogs players in captain Shane Williams and halfback Liam Carrius showed plenty of classy touches.

“We’re looking pretty good,” Brown said. “Just the attitude was the main thing. They had a really good attitude.

“It was the first time in a long time we’d held out on our own try line (when under pressure).”

The score flattered Gatton with tries coming late in each half for them and three coming from kicks.

Like fellow first season coach, Norths’ Kerry Theuerkauf, Brown has discovered life is easier when the responsibilities are shared.

This season he has Brad McClear, Chris Scott and others helping out as assistants and Brown is appreciating the relief.

“One thing I learned from last year is you can’t get enough people involved,” he said.

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