Bombers pin hopes on reshuffle
A RESHUFFLE in key positions could prove the catalyst for Evans Head to get in the winners circle in the NRRRL after a first-round hiding at Grafton.
The Bombers will host the Red Devils of Byron at Stan Payne Oval tomorrow and captain Tim Tregidgo reckons his men can overcome a crippling injury toll to kick-start their season.
The Bombers matched strides with the Ghosts in patches last week, giving the man who leads from the front hope that they can be a force in 2010.
The game was a feeler for a side missing Sam Kennedy, Jay Onslow and Aaron Sells, with a series of positional changes made for the Red Devils clash.
In a rugby league merry-go-round, Drew Tebbut moves from fullback to hooker, Eli Cook switches from lock to the centres, Jack Wythes relinquishes the hooking role to lock the scrum, and Tom Martin moves from the centres to custodian.
Tregidgo sees plenty of improvement in his men.
“We had a tough run of injuries through the trials,” Tregidgo said.
“So we are still trying to get all the combinations right.”
The hulking bookend will be looking for a boost from a pair of youngsters.
“Brad Fletcher on the wing is still playing Under-18s but he will give some cheek and DJ McKenna should come off the bench and add something,” Tregidgo said.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils will be hoping they don’t need any back-up, with three of their stars having played in the representative match at Port Macquarie last night.
Brad Lees has been named at the back for Byron, while Bill Lowrie has been shifted to five-eighth.
But the biggest challenge will be for captain-coach Simon Kelly, whose his output is crucial for the Bay.