Saville hopes for quick recovery
A back injury could end Kyogle second rower Sam Savilles dream of playing in the NSW CRL Regional Championships in Newcastle this weekend, and possibly in the City-Country curtain raiser. Saville, who took part in a two-day camp at St Johns College Woodlawn last weekend, told The Echo he was hopeful of playing in the Under 18 Northern Thunderbolts squad in Newcastle despite having some trouble running.
Ive been to the physio and hes not 100 per cent certain whether its a disc of the sciatic nerve, Saville said. Im going to the doctor on Wednesday. Its pretty good but, when I start running, it gets tight. Hopefully Ill get there.
Saville is the only local outside Byron Bay to make the squad, which is drawn from Group 1 and Group 18.
The Thunderbolts open their campaign against the Central Hunter Power team on Saturday. Central Hunter is a combined Central Coast/Group 21 side. If they win that match they will play the loser of the Western Rams and Greater Southern game. If they lose they will play the winner of the Newcastle and Combined Group 8, 9 and 20 game. Should they win through these matches, the boys will travel to Muswellbrook the following weekend for the semi-final stage. The final will be played as a curtain raiser to the annual City-Country clash in Wollongong on May 2.
Weve got a good squad, if the camps are anything to go by, coach Wayne Cullen said. But this is the first year theyve moved from divisional to regional teams so its all up in the air. Were moving into the unknown.
This is Cullens fourth year as coach of the Northern team. In his first year the team won the championship and in each of the other years they have made it though to the semi-final stage.