Isis needs baby luck for an upset
ISIS Crushers players have adopted three-week-old Bailee Rose Cook as their good luck charm as they prepare for a tough encounter with the resurgent Bundaberg Turtles.
Coach and proud father Wayne Cook likes to think his newborn infant played a crucial role in his team’s 17-10 triumph over Alloway Falcons in last week’s All-Safe Spring Cup clash.
“She’s absolutely fantastic,” he said.
“I’m going to make sure she comes along this week as well.”
Winless last season, the Crushers got off to a disappointing start to this year’s competition with two early losses.
Cook said he believed his young team was finally beginning to find its feet.
The decidedly fresh-faced backline does not feature a player older than 20 years of age.
“We’ve got a lot of young players on the team and quite a few who have come from league back grounds, so the only thing that is going to get them to where they need to be is playing rugby,” he said.
“They’ve been improving with each game and, if that trend continues, we’re going to have a good team on our hands,” he said.
Leading the charge for the new recruits has been centres Zac Suter and Jake Thompson and fullback Jack Rowan.
Cook said the talented trio had made their presence known in a show of natural flair and skill.
“They’re coming along in leaps and bounds,” he said.
“They’ve got the skill and they’re learning to read the plays of the game and play with a bit of foresight.”
The Crushers will play Bundaberg Turtles at 8pm tonight.