ISP Team Announcement: Round 8

ISP Team Announcement: Round 8
Dan Talintyre Timestamp Tue 24 Apr 2018, 03:59 PM

Western Suburbs Magpies Intrust Super Premiership Head Coach Brett Hodgson has named his squad to take on the Wentworthville Magpies this Sunday.

Kickoff for the match is at 3:00pm AEST from Ringrose Park as Western Suburbs look to continue their strong start to the season and consolidate top spot on the Intrust Super Premiership ladder.

After coming from behind to down Newcastle last weekend, Hodgson has named a different-looking squad for Sunday’s game with a number of key players not available for selection this weekend.

Watson Heleta moves to fullback in place of Tui Lolohea, who has been ruled out with a minor knee complaint, while young half Gus Garzaniti will make his Intrust Super Premiership debut in place of Josh Drinwkater, with Tyson Gamble moving to halfback.

Drinkwater has been granted a release to take up a full-time playing opportunity with Catalans until the end of this year. At the completion of that deal, the club will have first and last rights to re-sign Drinkwater for the 2019 season and beyond.

Development squad players Sam McIntyre and Thomas Mikaele have also been included in the squad.



WESTERN SUBURBS MAGPIES

1. Watson Heleta
2. Lucas Price
3. Sam McIntyre
4. Toni Tali
5. Mahe Fonua
6. Gus Garzaniti
7. Tyson Gamble
8. JJ Felise
9. Matt McIlwrick
10. Joseph Ratu
11. Chris McQueen
12. Luke Garner
13. Patrice Siolo (capt.)

Interchange:
14. Thomas Mikaele
15. Cowen Epere
16. Bayley Sironen
18. Braden Robson
19. Israel Seufale
21. Bayley Faull

Coach: Brett Hodgson

Going to miss Drinkwater but it’s Gamble’s chance to step up and take control of the side now. Good to see Mikaele on the bench too.

Drinkwater is a big loss to this side but a well deserved chance at a top tier contract. Interesting Grant is the only extended bench player not named for reserves.

Losing Quadja is a big blow to this side. Garzaniti isn’t remotely up to this level imo. Godinet to come back to this team in the coming weeks will help though.

Hope Gamble isn’t picked in first grade unless he’s in the 17 as we can really see what he’s got now.

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Losing Quadja is a big blow to this side. Garzaniti isn’t remotely up to this level imo. Godinet to come back to this team in the coming weeks will help though.

Hope Gamble isn’t picked in first grade unless he’s in the 17 as we can really see what he’s got now.

I would have liked to see Connelly Lemuelu given a go.

Drinkwater impressed me with his general play and goal kicking,he will be missed by this side.

Why release him then? It’s professional football, not a charity and this significantly impacts on Brett Hodgson’s teams chances in this competition

It will be good to see Gamble kicking. Drinkwater has been sensational in that department this year. Hopefully Gamble can continue on in the same fashion

Congrats to Drinkwater, he has been playing too well to sit in State Cup.

Might make a habit of watching Le Catalans now they’ve picked up Josh, fair dinkum they need a player who has a clue about footy, the Dragons are stone motherless last and need a miracle to avoid relegation!.

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Why release him then? It’s professional football, not a charity and this significantly impacts on Brett Hodgson’s teams chances in this competition

Yep - its not as though he has secured an NRL contract - he is going to the side running last in Super League - the money must be good because as a football decision it is a backward step by Josh in my opinion.

Does anyone know why garner is not captain anymore?

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Why release him then? It’s professional football, not a charity and this significantly impacts on Brett Hodgson’s teams chances in this competition

Part of your statement is correct - It is professional football and Drinkwater is doing his best to make a living from it. Wests are decent enough to not stand in the way of a bloke who receives a better offer and was not contracted to our top 30. Pretty simple really.

Ah, the argument on whether to release a contracted player or not, Josh would have been on the minimum wage which is $75 000 I believe, by going to a ESL club he could possibly triple or quadrupel this figure, to deny him a release would be a restraint of trade.

i understand Josh was on $75,000.00 contract.

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