URALLA’S electric backline has been rewarded, with Tiger stars Alistair Faulkner and Lewis Ahoy included in the Group 19 side for tomorrow’s Greater Northern Championships.
Faulkner, fullback at Uralla, is a veteran of the Group side and has been selected to play in the centres, a position he is also very familiar with.
Lewis Ahoy has also been in tremendous touch for the Tigers at halfback but, when the Group side was picked earlier this month, his name wasn’t on the list, a decision that bamboozled his coach Carl Press.
But Ahoy was rewarded for his excellent start to the season with a late call-up to the Group 19 side on Tuesday night.
“They have both been performing well,” Press said.
“They are absolutely brilliant in attack.”
The Tigers are undefeated in the under 18s in 2014 but still only had three players picked in the Group 19 side.
Two of those, Jordan Press and Fred Campbell, have certainly been turning heads with impressive first grade efforts for the Tigers.
Press, who was picked in the Northern Division under 18s last year, and Campbell, line up in the halves together for the Tiger under 18s, before backing up and playing first grade each week.
Interestingly, both players have been picked out of their usual positions, with Press to play fullback for Group 19 and Campbell has been selected on the wing.
“Jordan’s best spot is halfback, but he’s been playing fullback and centres for us in first grade,” his father and first grade coach Carl said.
“That’s probably why he has been picked out of position. Fred has been playing five-eighth for us in first grade.
“But he will be fine on the wing – he has plenty of speed and finishing ability.”
Johnboy Quinlan has been in terrific form for the Tiger Under 18 side in the centres, which is where he has been picked for Group 19.
“He was a late signing for us after Armidale pulled out of juniors,” Press said.
“He has been going well for us and he will perform well down in Tamworth I’m sure.”