Stuart Webster’s Central West under-20s squad will face the strong Eastwood outfit in a trial at CSU’s University Oval on Saturday February 26.
The Woodies’ first grade coach and coaching director Chris Hickey said the club would use the trials against Central West to blood new talent.
The 2004 Tooheys New Cup runners-up will also be up against the top grade Central West Blue Bulls.
At the match venue at the weekend ,while conducting a training session with the Central West under-20s, coached by Dubbo’s Webster with Chris Meiklejohn as his assistant, Hickey said he expected tough contests in the colts and grade trial against Central West.
“It’s very different out here,” Hickey said.
“The Central West boys will need to do some fitness work in the next month, but they will be tough. We’ll be bringing players who are new to the club.
“It gives us a guide as to how our new players will shape up and some good even games as well. Neither one will be easy and they are terrific trials for us.”
Hickey knows Meiklejohn, whose son Simon (CSU halfback) played a season of first grade colts with Eastwood.
Hickey has attended several under-20s sessions and said the association was beneficial for both parties.
“I’m always happy to lend a hand to country clubs whenever possible,” Hickey said, who spent five season coaching at Ballina in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
“Country boys are always wholehearted and we know they will give us a tough trial in a months’ time. We’ve been playing these games for around four seasons.
Since Hickey returned to the club he played at in the 1980s after coaching in Canberra, the Woodies have played in the past four grand finals, winning two (2002 and 2003).
“It’s a great club, I knew a lot about the culture before from my time in the 1980s so it was good to return,” Hickey said.
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