League roundup: sport editor’s picks

OPINION

Most of you would have seen me around at a game of rugby league, Aussie rules and occasionally the soccer or hockey busily snapping away with my camera. 

The thing I am asked more often than anything else is “what team are you going for?”, to which I normally reply indifferently, or mumble incoherently – I don’t like to favour teams, it seems counter-intuitive to the job if you ask me. 

That’s not to say I don’t have bias, but I do try and remain objective when I’m field-side and just report on games as I witness them. 

However, there are always standout players in any given role that impress and the interests of a bit of fun with the Group 16 grand finals looming, I’ve put together a bit of a ‘sports editors picks’ – If I were a Group 16 coach with my run of the pack, this is the list of players I would put on the park. 

1 Mick Taditch (Bay Tigers) 

2 Zac Slater (Bombala Blue Heelers) 

3 Joe Bobbin (Bombala Blue Heelers) 

4 Karlos Filiga (Cooma Stallions) 

5 Raymond Turner (Moruya Sharks) 

6 Blake Robinson (Bombala Blue Heelers) 

7 James Bower-Scott (Bega Roosters) 

8 Todd Ayers (Narooma Devils) 

9 Jarrod Cole (Merimbula-Pambula Bulldogs) 

10 Grant Moon (Merimbula-Pambula Bulldogs)

11 Michael Wykes (Eden Tigers) 

12 Robert Aratangi (Eden Tigers) 

13 Scott Fuller (Bega Roosters) 

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14 Dennis Green (Moruya Sharks)

15 Daniel Cronk (Merimbula-Pambula Bulldogs) 

16 Ryan Apps (Bega Roosters) 

17 Luke Dowdle (Bega Roosters) 

I know most people flood the bench with forwards for added impact, but Group 16 is swimming with talent so I’ve opted for players I couldn’t squeeze in the list and those with fantastic utility – that unique ability to fill a number of roles. 

Over the season, each of the players named has been one of the high work-rate – get on with the job types, or the kind of players who can flip a game on its head with a well-orchestrated play, blinding run or pin point accurate kick. 

Agree or disagree with my list? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page (where this article will be posted) or you can e-mail me at jacob.mcmaster@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

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