Ben inspires Ballina coach
BEN ROBINSON would have to be a fairly common name.
Ballina coach Mick McGregor has put the call out – he wants 15 of them.
Hopefully for McGregor there are a few of them out there, though none would be an exact replica of his teenage winger Ben Robinson.
Drowning his sorrows yesterday after doing his cash on the golf course, McGregor spoke to The Northern Star about his team’s prospects for their Far North Coast rugby union clash with Southern Cross University today.
As you would have gathered, he is excited by the return of his fleet-footed try sneak.
“He would be the smallest player in our team by 10 kilograms – but he has the biggest heart,” McGregor said.
“If I had 15 of him I would never lose a game.”
Robinson has been sidelined by ankle ligament damage since the fourth round.
He had notched five tries in the opening month of the competition before injury struck – the Seahorses haven’t won a match without him, but don’t read too much into that.
McGregor reckons he knows what went wrong after two wins to open the 2010 campaign.
“We are trying to fly under the radar, mate,” McGregor said.
“Last time you wrote a story about us we lost three in a row.”
We would hate to ruin the streak that McGregor’s men started witha win over Casino last week, but the Seahorses will get no better chance to win a game than today.
But McGregor isn’t expecting an easy match.
SCU have ditched their third grade team, which means there are 15 players who will be 80 minutes fresher for the first-grade clash.
“They were running blokes out for extended periods in multiple games,” McGregor said.“Having to fill two sides rather than three will bring them back into this competition.”