NYC Preview: Round 22
Newcastle Knights v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Date: Saturday August 6
Venue: Hunter Stadium
Gates open: 10.30am
Reserve Grade: 12.40pm
1. Nick Meaney, 2. Bailey Jenkins, 3. Brayden Musgrove, 4. Heath Gibbs, 5 . Matthew Soper-Lawler, 6. Nick Newman, 7. Jack Cogger, 8. Tyrone Amey, 9. Tom Starling, 10. Jayden Butterfield, 11. Eddy Tuilotolava, 12. Sam Stone, 13. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown. Interchange: 14. Joe Morris, 15. Zac Hosking, 16. Cameron King, 17. Jordan Pinnock.
CANTERBURY BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
1. Josh Bergamin, 2. Bailey Simonsson, 3. Kiko Manu, 4. Jake Gleeson, 5. 5. Jason Finau, 6. Adam Keighran, 7. Connor Jones, 8. Peter Tiatia, 9. Will Kerr, 10. Jayden Okunbor, 11. D’Rhys Miller 12. Luis Strickland, 13. Mario El Boustani, 14. Jerry Leasi, 15. James Clark, 16. Lopeti Mafi, 17. Hayden Ashcroft.
The Newcastle Knights will look to bounce back against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on Saturday at Hunter Stadium.
Last weekend the side suffered a disappointing loss at Brookvale Oval which the young players will be aiming to redeem.
“We had a bit of a chat early in the week about their expectations of each other and that was productive,” coach Todd Lowrie said.
“Our season is certainly not gone and a couple of victories and we would be back in the eight.
“It’s about us getting back to what we can do well.
“We had too many guys playing as individuals and not playing well as a team.
“We have spoken about playing for your mates and for each other.”
While the Bulldogs are on the lower end of the ladder, Lowrie is expecting the side to possibly bring a more dynamic game on Saturday.
“We are desperate to get some wins and they will be looking to come up here and play some footy because they can't make the semi,” he said.
“They will come out and throw the footy around as they have nothing to lose.
“They will be looking to change things up a bit and do some things they don’t usually do.
“We have to be ready for anything.”
Lowrie says Tom Starling at hooker has been a shining light in the side of late since his inclusion in the starting line-up.
“He has been one of our best since he has come up,” he said.
“He is only small in stature, but what he lacks there, he makes up in effort and toughness.
“He has done well coming from U18s and is one of our best and leads from the front.
Bailey Jenkins will play his first NYC game after a rough run with injury.
“He trained well all offseason and has been back playing for three or four weeks,’ he said.
Where it will be won:
“We have to play well as a team and get back to doing the things we do well,” Lowrie said.
“We shouldn’t worry too much about the opposition.
“We are still in line to make the semis so motivation will not be a factor.”
It's Women In League Round on Saturday with plenty planned at the game to celebrate. Full details are here.