Group 10 players are calling for more and clearer organisation to ensure the All Stars concept continues to thrive in the region.
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The Indigenous All Stars accounted for the Group 10 All Stars 38-28 in Saturday’s second annual pre-season hit-out, played out in front of a healthy crowd but minus representatives from one club – Oberon.
The Tigers scheduled a trial for the same day while Bathurst St Pat’s took on Forbes, also on Saturday, in the annual trial between the two clubs, to play for the Brendon Collits memorial trophy.
St Pat’s did have one player at Blayney though, Indigenous All Stars hooker Shannon Peters.
Both teams’ respective coaches, Mick Sullivan and Will Ingram, said it was imperative the game continued to grow, and to do that the entire Group needed to be on board.
“It’s a bit whirlwind at the moment,” Sullivan said, his side undergoing some significant player changes on the eve of the clash thanks to withdrawals.
“I know the Group was talking about harsh penalties for dropping out but it’s the nature of the game, too, it’s a hard time of year.
“I’d like to see the concept keep going but they need to plan it a little bit more so the best teams are available for both sides.
“Players pull out, it’s frustrating as a coach, but it’s the nature of the time of the year.
“It’s too harsh to be talking about implementing round bans and things like that.
“Definitely if they can organise it so clubs don’t put on trials, then I think that would be a good idea.”
Ingram has been a driving force for the fixture, and says this year’s product was a success – but there’s always room for improvement.
“Lots and lots of help,” the Indigneous prop said when asked how to keep the game going.
“I’d be great to have community help, help from clubs and councils, who were really good this year.
“There was a lot more people putting in this year than last year, which was pleasing. We’ve come away successful.”
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