IF YOU’VE got any spare Panadol laying around the house this week, spare a thought for Wynyard coach Errol Bourn.
The man in charge of the flag favourites will have some sizeable selection headaches to deal with going into the first week of finals after the undermanned Cats disposed of Smithton to the tune of 107 points on Saturday.
Wynyard tuned up for the NTFL finals with a comprehensive victory over Smithton on Saturday. Picture: Stuart Wilson.
The fringe players that were brought into the line-up to cover the half a dozen missing stars did their chances of staying in the senior side come September no harm, none more so than teenager Nick Mitchell.
A chef by trade, Mitchell’s work commitments have seen him restricted to the club’s under-19 outfit this season.
But he was among Wynyard’s best in what was just his first seniors match of the year and can feel hard pressed if he misses out on selection on Thursday night.
Bourn lauded Mitchell’s performance post-game.
“He was sensational for a bloke who can’t play and can’t train sometimes,” Bourn said.
“And I think as a team, we nearly ticked every box that we wanted to get out of today.
“We wanted to know whether the blokes that came in could stand up for us if we need them in finals and they did just that.”
After a stalemate opening quarter the Cats flexed their muscles in the second term kicking eight goals to two, courtesy of five majors from centurion goalkicker Gregg Sharman.
The one-way traffic had the visitors up by 48 points at half-time, with midfielders such as Zac Smith and Nigel Coulson running riot.
Sharman had eight to his name before being rested in the last quarter, while at the other end of the ground teammate Jorden Englund did an exceptional job nullifying the Saints’ most prolific player, Scott Bryan.
Smithton coach Jarrod Watling was proud of his men’s endeavour on the day, but said they lacked the skills and decision making to compete against the top sides.
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