Lion captain to skipper G4

WEST Lions captain-coach Chris Hunt hopes to use his experience as a vital weapon for Group 4 when it plays Groups 19 and 21 in next month’s Greater Northern Championships in Tamworth.

Hands up for Group 4. Chris Hunt, seen here tackling North Tamworth’s Callum Hayne in Saturday’s opening Group 4 round. Hunt will skipper the Group 4 side. Photo: Barry Smith 260414BSF08

Hands up for Group 4. Chris Hunt, seen here tackling North Tamworth’s Callum Hayne in Saturday’s opening Group 4 round. Hunt will skipper the Group 4 side. Photo: Barry Smith 260414BSF08

Group 4 coach Mick Schmiedel has named him as skipper of the Group 4 side.

Hunt was coming off a 48-18 loss to North Tamworth Bears but will team with some of those North Tamworth players in a strong Group 4 squad that is still being finalised.

“I’m looking forward to it,”  Hunt said.

“Hopefully I can turn this around (West loss) and win with Group 4. 

“My job is to add a bit of experience and not get frustrated like I did today. 

“I’ve got to hold my temper.

“It’s a good team too and we will have a lot more experienced side than this young side at West.”

Scone’s Aaron Watts is Schmiedel’s  assistant.

Schmiedel and co-selectors have been monitoring the form of all the players in pre-season trials, the Group 4 Knockout and the first round of matches over the weekend.

The form of Narrabri trio Brandon, Joseph and Charles Tago has earned them starts in the squad as well as young Narrabri backrower Jake Rumsby.

Rumsby has returned home  for a season from the Canberra Raiders after a shoulder operation and showed he has no worries with that after Sunday’s big win over Wee Waa at Wee Waa.

Schmiedel said the G4 squad would  train at Gunnedah on Wednesday May 7 and 14.

That’s in readiness for the Greater Northern Championships at Scully Park on Saturday, May 17.

He said changes to the squad were still possible.

The GN Championships are the start of a run of big rugby league events at Scully Park.

The Country Rugby League’s Country Championship Finals, in Under 16, 18 Tier 1 and Tier 2 will be played there on June 21.

The next day the Australian Under 15 Rugby League Championships start there, Greater Northern regional manager Scott Bone said.

“It’s going to be a busy week,” he said yesterday.

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