MY BALL: The Turtles’ Brendan McKeown recovers the ball during a lineout against the Falcons at the ATW sports grounds.
MY BALL: The Turtles’ Brendan McKeown recovers the ball during a lineout against the Falcons at the ATW sports grounds. Mike Knott BUNRUG

Four teams to fight for cup

FOUR teams will contest the Spring Cup and title favourites Turtles say that the competition is more even than ever.

Turtles president and captain Luke McClosky said although the team was confident and had trained well, they were wary of their opponents ahead of the opening match today.

"Well if this season is anything like the past couple of years and the improvements of all the sides in the competition, then it is going to be very close," he said.

McClosky said there were some new recruits to the side that would add further arsenal to their outfit.

"We've got a new guy who just landed from New Zealand named Adam Scott who will play as loose forward and he looks the goods for us," he said.

"And we've also got John Ellis who has returned to Australia after a stint over in England."

McClosky said the opening three rounds would be tough given a lot of their team was made up of rugby league players who were attending club presentations and end of season celebrations.

West Barbarians captain James Courtice said the side had also been busy recruiting during the off season.

"One of the big ones for us is Tim Jones who has been playing rugby in the Brisbane competition," he said.

"He will bring experience and size to the side."

Courtice said he hoped the team could go one better this season.

"I was really happy with our season last year," he said.

"We just missed out on a premiership."

Isis Crushers vice-president Brett Phillips said the side was quietly confident it could hold its own.

"We are working on building to become a fun club for everyone in the community to participate in," he said.

"Each year we're doing a little bit more attracting new players and rebuilding the club."



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